It might sound like no big deal, but if you’ve never made your own bacon cheeseburger, you can benefit from a few tips. Your first bacon-cheeseburger will go from edible to amazeballs when you follow these basic instructions. We tossed out exact measurements and complicated techniques to provide you a method we call recipe-free cooking.

To make a burger, you’ll need:

  • a frying pan
  • a knife
  • a spatula
  • two slices of bacon
  • 4 ounces of lean ground beef (or whatever looks good to you)
  • salt and pepper
  • toppings and condiments of your choice (e.g., onion, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard, mayo, ketchup)
  • one hamburger bun
  • two slices of your favorite cheese
  1. Heat the frying pan over medium heat on the stovetop. Add the bacon to the pan.
  2. Form the ground beef into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Don’t knead it too much, or the meat will toughen up. Season both sides with salt and pepper, and press the seasonings in with your hands.
  3. Spread the condiments on the bun (you can toast the bun first if you want), and slice the burger toppings.
  4. Cook the bacon until it’s crispy and golden, about four minutes; flip and cook a few minutes more on the other side. Remove the bacon from the pan.
  5. Keep the pan over medium heat and place the hamburger patty in the hot bacon grease. Don’t press the burger down, or you may cause it to lose juice. Cook undisturbed for about four minutes on each side for medium.
  6. A minute or two before you’re finished cooking the second side, lay two slices of cheese on top of the burger to melt.
  7. Place the burger on the bun, top with bacon and other fixin’s, and serve.

These are a few of our favorite burgers that have a little more to them, instructions-wise:

1. Juicy Lucy Burger (a.k.a. Jucy Lucy)

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Anything stuffed with cheese is wonderful. But a juicy burger filled with oozy, gooey cheese in the middle of the beef patty is out of this world. Get our Juicy Lucy Burger recipe.

2. Kimchi Chicken Burgers

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The acidic tang of the kimchi cabbage slaw coupled with the spicy, creamy mayonnaise means this chicken burger is anything but boring. Get our Kimchi Chicken Burgers recipe.

3. Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers

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Some people are afraid the lamb meat flavor will be too gamey. It’s not, especially when it’s mixed with all these herbs and spices and topped with this crunchy, creamy sauce. Get our Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers recipe.

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