It's burger season! Get out the grill and cook up some Maple Bacon Cheeseburgers. Be the hero of the backyard and keep the family coming back for seconds!
Time: Total: 1 hr Active: 1 hr
Yield: 12 single or 6 double cheeseburgers
Form the ground beef into 12 thin patties, about 4 1/2 inches wide. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up. Preheat a grill to high and lightly oil the grates.
While the grill is heating up, put the bacon in a large nonstick skillet. Turn the heat to medium and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and crisp (or your likeness). Remove the bacon and set aside. Pour out grease drippings in a safe container.
Return the bacon to the skillet in a single layer. Drizzle with the maple syrup and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Fire For Effect Sweet Heat Rub. Cook over medium heat, turning the bacon to coat in the syrup, until glazed, about 1 minute; remove to a plate to cool. Brush the cut sides of the buns with some of the bacon drippings. Mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and hot sauce in a small bowl.
Season the patties with Ground Pounder on both sides. Working in batches, grill the patties until marked on the bottom, 2 minutes, then flip and top each with a slice of cheese. Cover and cook 30 more seconds for medium doneness. Toast the buns on the grill.
Assemble the burgers: Spread the mayonnaise sauce on the buns. Fill with the pickles, patties (optional: 2 per burger) and bacon.