Bacon & tomato burgers

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PREP TIME

8 min

Makes

4 burgers

* PLUS Grilling Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 g ground beef , preferably medium or regular
  • 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 slice cooked bacon , crumbled (see tip below), or 1 tbsp bacon bits
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Oil grill and heat barbecue to medium. Crumble beef into a large bowl. Slice sun-dried tomatoes in half, then thinly slice or finely chop. Sprinkle over beef along with bacon bits and garlic salt. Add Worcestershire. Using your hands or a fork, gently mix together just until ingredients are evenly distributed. The more you mix a burger, the tougher it will be.
  • Shape into 4 burgers, each about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick. To prevent burgers from puffing up when grilling, using your thumb, make a shallow depression in centre of each.
  • Place burgers on grill. Barbecue with lid closed until burgers are cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes per side. Delicious tucked into warm buns or pitas. Or serve with sliced beefsteak tomatoes, steamed new potatoes and grilled corn on the cob.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 211,
  • Protein
  • 21.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.5 g,
  • Fat
  • 12.6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 427 mg.

Bacon is one of those secret ingredients that make everything taste better – especially burgers. A little goes a long way when you crumble it into the meat when making the patties. You don’t have to pile it high on the grilled burgers – unless you want to!

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Indoor Sizzle

Prepare burgers, then lightly coat a large frying pan with oil and set over medium heat. Add burgers. Cover and cook until well browned and firm when pressed, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium-low if burgers are browned before they’re cooked through. Tuck into crusty buns and top with your fave fixings.

Kitchen Tip

If using a slice of bacon in place of bits, place on a plate lined with a paper towel, then cover with another paper towel. Microwave on medium until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Then crumble into small pieces.