Photo: Jen Blum
If you think about it, "bacon burger" is kind of a coy tease. Ground beef patty with a slice or two of bacon. Come on! A real bacon burger would be one made from ground bacon - but can that be done? Or is the bacon burger simply a figment of culinary imagination?
Thankfully, we don't have to wonder anymore. Matt Blum of GeekDad did the experiment in his Great Bacon Odyssey:
I wanted to cook the burger under the broiler, as I did with the bacon-wrapped burger last week, on a rack set over a Pyrex dish to allow the rendered fat to drain. Having read about the difficulties people making such burgers have had keeping them together, I decided to add one large egg to the food processor along with the 19 slices of bacon. I ground the bacon and the egg together, then, using my hands, pulled the mixture out and used a hamburger press to make a burger. It is possible that my hands have been greasier at some point in my life, but if so I have (fortunately) forgotten it. I was not quite prepared for the raw burger to look like pure fat, and I must admit that it didn’t look very appealing. But it was for science, so I soldiered on!
Link (with video of Matt eating the bacon burger, of course!) - via Gorilla Mask
Of course, if you love bacon, we've got the goods for you: NeatoShop's Bacon Store