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It’s grilling season, and I find myself trying to think of a new take on the classic burger. We tend to grill a lot, but especially during the summer months. Because burgers are SO versatile and easy to make, they are made quite often around here!
This particular burger is all about bacon, parmesan cheese, and garlic, some of my favorite flavors! Combine this trio of fabulous flavors with a burger on a pretzel roll and you have yourself a juicy burger worth salivating over.
You’ll start with the meat. When I am making burgers, I always use fresh meat versus meat that I’ve previously frozen, then thawed. I also tend to use ground chuck for burgers because the fat content helps keep the burgers moist and juicy, but also helps keep the burgers from falling apart. You will get about 3-4 burgers from one pound of meat. I wanted the burgers a little bigger this time around to fit better on the pretzel rolls so I divided the pound of meat into 3.
Loosely form the meat into patties. If you handle the meat too much and pack them too tight, they won’t be juicy. Simply season each burger with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Heat your grill to medium-high heat and cook the burgers for about 5-6 minutes for the first side, then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, or until your burger is cooked to your preference.
While the burgers are cooking, cook the bacon, and shred some fresh parmesan cheese. You’ll need about 1/4 cup of cheese per burger. Now is also a good time to prep the garlic butter. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter, then stir in 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley. Spread this mixture evenly on the sliced pretzel rolls. Either toast the rolls in a 400 degree oven for 4-5 minutes, or, if you’re grilling, wrap the buns in tinfoil and place them on the grill for several minutes until they’re nice and toasty.
When the burgers are just about done, top each patty with about 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese. Top with crispy cooked bacon, place the burger on the toasted pretzel roll and enjoy! If you’ve never had a pretzel roll before, I HIGHLY recommend them. All of the best burgers I’ve ever had have been served on pretzel rolls. I found these in the bakery section of my grocery store.
The idea for this burger came from my friend Lisa who had something similar in a restaurant. Thanks for the idea, Lisa! We just loved the combination of flavors with these burgers! If you’re looking for a few pointers on how to make a good burger, check out my little guide on “How to Grill Burgers.” Happy grilling!
- 1 pound ground chuck
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
- 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese per burger
- 1 strip of crisp, cooked bacon per burger
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dired parsley
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Divide the meat into 3-4 patties. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Heat a grill to medium-high heat. When hot, add the burgers. Cook for 5-6 minutes, then flip the burgers and cook for 3-4 minutes longer.
- In a small bowl combine melted butter, garlic powder, and dried parsley. Spread the butter mixture evenly on each roll. Toast the rolls in a 400 degree oven for 5-6 minutes, or if you’re grilling, wrap the buns in foil and place them on the grill.
- When the burgers are just about done, top each with about 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese and 1 strip of crisp, cooked bacon.
- Place the burger on the toasted bun, top with your favorite condiments and enjoy!