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Playing Bacon Burgers with Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

This recipe is one of three meals you can make from a single grocery bag!  Get the grocery list and recipes for the other two dishes, Skillet Chicken with Hot and Sweet Peppers & Spicy Ziti with Sausage. So easy!


  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling and coating
  • 1/3 pound good-quality slab bacon, chopped
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Splash of white wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or chuck, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 4 burger rolls, split and toasted
  • 4 onion, sesame or poppy seed rolls, toasted
  • 1/2 pound Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • A few handfuls arugula or watercress


Serves: 4


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle in EVOO. Cook the bacon until almost crispy. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

Stir the onions into the bacon drippings and season with pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until caramel in color, about 30 minutes. Season the onions with salt and deglaze the pan with a little wine. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, combine the beef, cooled bacon, rosemary, salt and pepper. Score the mixture into 4 equal portions and form them into patties slightly thinner at the center than at the edges for even cooking and to ensure a flat surface (burgers plump as they cook). Coat the burgers with EVOO.

Return the skillet to the burner and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the burgers and cook, flipping once, for 8 minutes for medium-rare (adjust the timing for more well-done burgers).

Place the burgers on the toasted rolls and top with the caramelized onions, some Gorgonzola crumbles and spicy greens.