Cooking From My Books: Brady’s Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

Memorial Day is coming up this weekend, officially ushering in the summer barbecue season. With that in mind, this week I’m posting the recipe for Brady McManus’s amazing cheeseburger. Featured in Blame It On Your Heart, the first book in my Big Timber, Montana series, it is a favorite of Ellie Tanner’s 5 year old son, Nicholas.
Go fire up the grill!


½ c. light mayonnaise
¼ c. chili sauce
2 tbsp. dill pickle relish
2 lb. 85% lean ground beef
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. each salt and freshly ground pepper
6 whole-wheat hamburger buns
6 small lettuce leaves
1 large beefsteak tomato
6 tbsp. thin slices Vidalia onion
Nonstick spray
6 slice sharp Cheddar cheese
6 strip cooked bacon

Make Special Sauce: Mix ingredients in a bowl.
Make Burgers: Gently mix ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into six 1-in.-thick burgers.
Heat outdoor grill. Toast buns on grill; remove to a platter. Spread 1 Tbsp Special Sauce on bun tops and bottoms. Top bottoms with lettuce, tomato and onion.
Coat burgers with nonstick spray. Grill, turning once, 10 to 12 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted from side to middle registers 160°F. Top with cheese and bacon; cover grill 45 seconds or until cheese starts to melt. Transfer burgers to buns. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

  • May 25, 2016

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