For 4th of July, grilling out is a given. I knew I was going to make hamburgers, but I wanted something a little different, a little decadent. I remembered a burger I saw on Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives. Guy was at place that served a burger with Spam in it. Give me a minute… They sliced the Spam into slabs, browned it on each side, diced it, and mixed it in with the ground beef. It looked pretty good, so I thought I would give it a try.
For the ground beef, I used a combination of ground chuck and grass-fed beef. I used Bacon flavored Spam. (You would be amazed how many varieties of Spam there are). But I took it step further. I wanted bacon on the burger. Rather than put slices of bacon on top, I decided to pre-cook the bacon and mix it in with the ground beef as well.
After mixing the different meats together with the seasoning, I put the patties back in the fridge for about a half hour to avoid the patties from falling apart on the grill.
Once grilled, I decided to guild the Lilly and put a fried egg on top. Holy smokes that was a good burger! The Spam chunks and the pieces of bacon were little surprises of happiness – kind of like the bits of candy in ice cream. The yolk from the fried egg provided a nice little sauce. It was fantastic! No cheese, ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise required, though I wouldn’t fault you for adding any of those ingredients.
The next time you grill out, try making my double bacon burger. You’re welcome.