Meat Lover's Burger Recipe -
Meat Lover's Burger Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Meat Lover's Burger

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"These burgers are zesty and full of flavor combining mushrooms, bacon, and balsamic vinegar with ground beef. My boyfriend--an Italian chef and a meat lover--was taken away by the taste!"

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until brown and crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  3. Return the skillet to the heat and increase the temperature to medium-high. Add the onion and garlic, and stir fry until the onion is soft and the garlic begins to brown. Add the balsamic vinegar, and cook while stirring for one minute. Add the chopped mushrooms, and cook for three additional minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  4. Finely chop 4 slices of the bacon (reserving the remaining 4). In a medium bowl, combine the chopped bacon, ground beef, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, mushroom mixture and egg. Mix well using hands. Season with salt and pepper, and form into two patties.
  5. Open the two halves of the hamburger bun on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place one beef patty on each half, and cover each with one slice of tomato, 2 slices of the reserved bacon and one slice of Swiss cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until meat has cooked through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 23, 2007

This recipe is perfect!!! My dad was so pleased on father's day to have a burger that was more than just ordinary. It was moist, full of flavor, and filling. The recipe was also very affordable, and all of the ingredients were easy to find. Instead of baking them in the oven like the recipe suggested, I grilled them. My boyfriend is expecting me to make many more.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 19, 2007

Oh! I wanted to love this recipe- it sounded so good. I didn't make any changes and the family, including me thought it was terrible. It was a PB&J night.


7 Ratings

May 13, 2012

Very good flavor; moist.

Jun 01, 2007

These were fantastic! It was such a change from the regular boring burger..It does have a meatloaf taste to it, so if you dont want that, dont eat this recipe! It has just the right amount of everything! I changed the swiss to provolone and oh man, was it good. I made it for my inlaws and they loved it! (And these are meat and potato people) Amazing, Yummy and oh man, Amazing!

Sep 22, 2011

Easy to make, bonus because we wanted burgers and are out of propane for the grill. I took away the buns, of course they will burn, instead served w. mashed potatoes. Thick patties, needed to bake longer in high altitude. Also used worcestershire instead of vinegar. My 9 year old added ketchup and mustard and said "mmm, tasty". These were a hit! Will use again :)

Oct 13, 2007

This recipe had mixed reviews at my house. I liked the recipe except for the fact the hamburger buns burned on the bottom. My husband agreed with the reviewer who said it was a Pbj night. He only liked the cheese and bacon topping.

Feb 09, 2013

Couple of things to add here about open-faced burgers of any kind: * Broil them about 6" from the heat source, don't bake them. You want to cook the meat, not burn the buns. * The meat mixture on the half a bun should not be a full quarter/third pound like a traditional burger. One pound of meat should be split between four buns (eight total open-faced burgers). Serving size should be two open-faced burgers (both halves of one bun). * Make sure the meat mixture covers the entire bun surface, even hang over it a bit. The meat mix will shrink as it cooks, which will lead to a browning of the bun that is then exposed. Happy cooking & eating!


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  • Calories
  • 778 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.1 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 232 mg
  • 77%
  • Fat
  • 43.5 g
  • 67%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 53.7 g
  • 107%
  • Sodium
  • 1386 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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