Pepper-Crusted Bacon Cheeseburger

Take your burger up a notch with this flavorful combination—the pepper crust gives just the right amount of zing to compliment the cheesy-bacon goodness. Thousand Hills 100% Grassfed Beef is lean, mild tasting, it cooks quickly, and is good4u too! Everyone will love this delicious burger!

6 slices Natural Grocers Brand Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon
1 pound Thousand Hills 100% Grassfed Ground Beef
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Granulated Garlic
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Granulated Onion
1⁄2 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
2 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Black Pepper
4 hamburger buns or 4 large organic lettuce leaves
8 (1/4-inch) thick slices of Natural Grocers Brand Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Optional toppings
  organic lettuce
  organic tomato
  organic pickles
  Natural Grocers Brand Organic Ketchup
  Natural Grocers’ recipe for Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
  barbeque sauce
  1. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet (such as a cast iron) over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until it is done to your liking; this should take 8-15 minutes, depending on how crisp you like it. Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. While the bacon cooks, mix the beef with the garlic, onion, and salt. Form into four patties about ½-¾-inch thick. Season both sides of each patty with the black pepper, pressing the pepper into the meat, and set aside.
  3. Once the bacon has been removed from the pan, split the buns open and liberally brush each cut side with bacon grease. Put buns back together and set aside.
  4. Drain all but a couple of teaspoons of the bacon grease from the skillet and return the skillet to the burner. Turn heat to medium (or just below if your stove tends to run hot) and place the prepared burgers in the pan. Cook undisturbed for about 4 minutes. Carefully flip each burger and top each with two slices of cheese. Cook for another 4-6 minutes, or until the burgers are just cooked through. (Please note that grassfed meat is very lean and tends to dry out if overcooked.) Transfer the cooked burgers to a plate and top each with 1½ strips of bacon.
  5. Toast each bun half, cut side down, in the hot skillet for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly golden and crisp.
  6. To serve, place a burger patty on each bun or lettuce leaf and serve with desired toppings.


Beer Pairing

Recommended Beer Style: Blond Ale

  • Holidaily Favorite Blonde Ale


Want to Make it Vegetarian?

For the burger use 2 packages of Beyond Meat Burgers; for the bacon use your favorite vegan or vegetarian bacon alternative; and choose your favorite dairy-free cheese alternative.