Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 4
  • 1 (12-ounce) package nitrate-free/nitrite-free bacon
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (or leftover bone broth butter)
  • 1 beefsteak or vine-ripened red tomato (organic)
  • 4 leaves fresh broad-leafed lettuce (See note below for our Sweet Potato Bun recipe instead of using lettuce wraps)
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 4 ounces grass-fed cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy garlic mustard
  • Pickle spears, for serving
  1. Divide the bacon slices into two portions, saving 4 to 8 slices to go on top of the burgers. Mince or chop the remaining slices as fine as possible and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the ground beef and coconut aminos to the minced bacon and use your hands to mix them together.
  3. Divide the burger mixture into four equal portions, flattening each portion into a patty with the palms of your hands.
  4. In a skillet, heat the other portion of bacon over medium-low heat, slowly rendering the fat from the bacon as you cook it. Once done, set bacon aside and reserve bacon fat in the skillet.
  5. Peel the onion and slice it into rings. Grease another skillet with butter, and cook onion slices over medium heat until caramelized.
  6. Cut the tomato into thick slices, and set aside for serving.
  7. Rinse the lettuce and pat dry. Set aside for serving.
  8. Heat the skillet with bacon fat over medium heat.
  9. Season the burger patties with salt and pepper and place in the bacon greased skillet. Cook until the underside is browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes more, until the meat is cooked through but the outside is not charred. If using cheese, add cheese during the last minute in the skillet.
  10. For each burger, lay a lettuce leaf on a plate and top with a burger, tomato, raw or caramelized onion, bacon, and garlic mustard. Serve with a pickle spear on the side.
These burgers can also be cooked on the grill. See page 172 of The Wild Diet for grilling instructions.
Recipe by Fat-Burning Man at https://fatburningman.com/the-ultimate-bacon-cheeseburger-recipe-wild-diet-approved/