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.

Better Bacon Cheeseburger
It’ll taste pretty indistinguishable from every juicy, high-quality burger you’ve ever had. There’s cheddar cheese, grilled onion, sliced pickles, spinach, and a spicy special sauce. But here’s the trick: the patties are made from ground sirloin instead of the traditional ground chuck, which cuts the fat in half. Get the recipe:Better Bacon Cheeseburger. Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 pound ground sirloin

  • 3 thick-cut, center-cut bacon slices, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)

  • 4 thick red onion slices

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (preferably olive oil–based)

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach, stems removed

  • Sliced pickles, for serving


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

557 Calories
29g Fat
30g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 557
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1162mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 35g
Calcium 241mg 19%
Iron 5mg 26%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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