Ingredients
  • 12 slices meaty bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, preferred brand Wickles
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • A few dashes Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 brioche or soft sesame seed buns
  • 2 1/4 pounds 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • Bread & butter or dill pickle chips/sliced pickles
  • Iceberg lettuce or romaine heart, chopped
  • 8 slices of sharp white American cheese or mild deli-sliced cheddar
Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F.
 
Bake bacon on a slotted pan in the center of the oven until crispy. Cut into 2-inch jumbo bacon bits.

 
Combine sour cream, ketchup, relish, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 
Trim tops of 2 buns and cut them through horizontally—these pieces will separate the double-decker burgers. Split the remaining rolls and toast all the bread lightly.  
 
Season meat with salt and pepper, and grate 3 tablespoons of onion over the meat. Form 8 thin, wide patties. Finely chop the remainder of the onion and rinse with water; reserve.
 
Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with half a tablespoon of oil, a half turn of the pan. Cook 4 patties 5-6 minutes turning once; melt cheese over each patty. Repeat with remaining patties.
 
Assemble burgers: bun bottom, lettuce, pickles, cheeseburger, bacon bits, chopped onions sauce, middle bun layer, lettuce, pickles, cheeseburger, bacon bits, onions, sauce and bun tops.