Better Bacon Cheeseburger

Every wonder about the difference between ground chuck and ground sirloin? Ground chuck contains about 20% fat, a sure thing when juicy burgers are in order. But we wanted a leaner burger, so we chose ground sirloin with just 10% fat. But don't worry, we packed in extra flavor with the addition of bacon. Shredded cheddar covers the burgers evenly but adds up to less cheese than a full slice. The flavorful patties get topped with grilled onions, spinach, and a spicy special sauce. We made ours with heart-healthy olive-oil mayo, ketchup, and Sriracha. Cutting the sweet ketchup in half means you'll skip some of the added sugar then if you used ketchup alone.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 556.93 calories
    • Fat 28.72 g
    • Sat Fat 10.43 g
    • Cholesterol 100.10 mg
    • Sodium 1162.31 mg
    • Protein 35.05 g
    • Carbohydrate 30.39 g
    • Sugar 6.47 g
    • Fiber 4.29 g
    • Iron 4.58 mg
    • Calcium 240.70 mg
Every wonder about the difference between ground chuck and ground sirloin? Ground chuck contains about 20% fat, a sure thing when juicy burgers are in order. But we wanted a leaner burger, so we chose ground sirloin with just 10% fat. But don't worry, we packed in extra flavor with the addition of bacon. Shredded cheddar covers the burgers evenly but adds up to less cheese than a full slice. The flavorful patties get topped with grilled onions, spinach, and a spicy special sauce. We made ours with heart-healthy olive-oil mayo, ketchup, and Sriracha. Cutting the sweet ketchup in half means you'll skip some of the added sugar then if you used ketchup alone.

Ingredients

  1. Check 1 pound ground sirloin
  2. Check 3 thick-cut, center-cut bacon slices, finely chopped
  3. Check 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 
  4. Check 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  5. Check 2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)
  6. Check 4 thick red onion slices
  7. Check 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
  8. Check ¼ cup mayonnaise (preferably olive oil–based)
  9. Check 2 tablespoons ketchup
  10. Check 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
  11. Check 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach, stems removed
  12. Check Sliced pickles, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to medium high. Gently mix together the sirloin, bacon, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Shape the mixture into 4 (½-inch- thick) patties. Press your thumb gently into the center of each patty to make an indentation.
  2. Season the patties with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper. Grill until nicely charred on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes. Divide the Cheddar among the patties, cover, and cook until melted, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Meanwhile, grill the onion slices, flipping once, until lightly charred and tender, about 4 minutes. Grill the buns, cut-side down, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Sriracha in a small bowl. Top the bun bottoms with the patties, onion slices, spinach, and pickles. Divide the mayonnaise mixture among the bun tops and place on the burgers.