Get ready to sink your teeth into these mouth-watering beef burgers with bacon and blue cheese! This recipe is a carnivore’s dream come true, with juicy ground beef, crispy bacon, and tangy blue cheese all packed into one delicious patty.
It’s a flavor explosion that will leave you super satisfied, and the best part is that it’s easy to make with just a few simple ingredients in one bowl. So fire up your grill or skillet, grab your favorite toppings, and get ready to enjoy the ultimate carnivore burger experience!
What kind of ground beef is best for this recipe?
Can I use lean ground beef instead of fatty ground beef in this recipe?
While you can use lean ground beef, it may result in a drier and less flavorful burger. The fat in the beef helps to keep the burger juicy and adds flavor, so I recommend using fattier ground beef if possible.
Moreover, if you follow the keto or carnivore diet, you surely want to get enough fat from your food, and using fatty ground beef is one of the best ways to get natural and nourishing animal-based fats.
What kind of blue cheese do you recommend for these burgers?
I don’t have a specific recommendation for the type of blue cheese to use. Any crumbled blue cheese that you enjoy should work well in this recipe. Some popular options include Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Danish blue cheese, but feel free to use your favorite type of blue cheese. I used some cheap blue cheese from a regular grocery store. That said, I bet with Roquefort or Gorgonzola, the result would have turned out even tastier.
Can I cook these burgers in the oven instead of on the grill or skillet?
What toppings would go well with these burgers?
Some great carnivore toppings for these burgers include butter mayonnaise, cooked bacon slices, cheese slices, fried egg, scrambled eggs, and thick sour cream.
You could also serve them on a keto-friendly bun or lettuce wrap if you include plant-based foods in your diet. Personally, I prefer to serve them with a sour cream dip made with just sour cream and Montreal Steak Spice.
How should I store any leftover burgers?
Store any leftover burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3—4 days. You can reheat them in the oven or microwave before serving.
Can I freeze these burgers for later?
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make These Zero-Carb Burgers
So, let’s get our hands dirty, as we Finns say! That said, remember to wear gloves when making these burgers for hygienic reasons — and also to prevent the mixture from getting stuck to your hands.
First, take 1 1/2 lbs (680 g) of fatty ground beef. As I said, I prefer beef with 20% fat.
Add 12 fried and crumbled bacon slices (or any amount you want!)…
…and 1/2 cup (120 ml) crumbled blue cheese.
…until well combined.
Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions.
Shape them into patties.
Place the patties on a hot grill or skillet, and cook for 4—5 minutes per side, or until medium doneness.
Remove the patties from the grill or skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. You can cover them with aluminum foil if you like to retain all the delicious juiciness.
How I Came up with This Easy Carnivore Recipe
Lately, I have posted non-carnivore recipes, which I couldn’t enjoy to the max, but only in small quantities because I avoid plant matter — including fiber — for my health.
Funnily enough, I posted a short video to my Finnish social media that you don’t need fiber in your diet. It’s surprising to see how many people still believe this common misconception that fiber is essential to you and refuse to think otherwise.
And yet, many people’s stomach problems — like constipation — would improve just by omitting fiber!
So, I wanted a hearty and meaty main course that I could enjoy my heart’s content. I decided to make burgers with fatty ground beef — but not just plain burgers; I wanted to amp up the flavor with flavorful ingredients, such as bacon.
In addition to bacon, I decided to add blue cheese. I use it shamefully seldom (only in one recipe before in this blog!), so it was about time to post another recipe with this delicious and incredibly flavorful zero-carb ingredient.
As I wanted to keep the recipe purely animal-based, I opted only for salt as seasoning. True, I could have added even more flavor with, for example, onion or garlic powder, but now I wanted to minimize all plant ingredients.
I guesstimated the amounts and started creating the first experiment, shooting progress photos at the same time.
My guesstimations turned out perfect — so did the burgers: they were jam-packed with flavor and juiciness! Moreover, they were super-satisfying. After two burgers, I was happy and full, and ready to continue my busy day nourished and energized.
These burgers are a great way to add some flavor and variety to your standard ground beef patties. The combination of bacon and blue cheese adds a smoky, savory flavor that pairs well with the beef.
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 1/2 lbs = 680 g fatty ground beef
- 12 fried bacon slices, crumbled
- 1/2 cup = 120 ml crumbled blue cheese
- unrefined sea salt to taste
- Preheat your grill or skillet to medium-high heat.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, crumbled bacon, and blue cheese. Season with salt to taste.
- Mix the ingredients together until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty.
- Place the patties on the grill or in the skillet and cook for 4—5 minutes per side, or until medium doneness.
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|Nutrition information||In total||Per burger (makes 6 burgers)|
|Protein||127.7 g||28.8 g|
|Fat||249.0 g||41.5 g|
|Net carbs||0.0 g||0.0 g|
|kcal||2903 kcal||484 kcal|
Tips for variations
In case you don’t include any dairy in your diet, you can omit the blue cheese. These burgers taste awesome just with fatty ground beef and bacon. You might even want to increase the bacon in case you omit the blue cheese — because can there ever be too much bacon?
Even though these burgers are enormously tasty, here are five variations on the basic Beef Burgers with Bacon and Blue Cheese recipe that are carnivore or ketovore-friendly:
- Beef and Cheddar Burgers: Swap out the blue cheese for shredded Cheddar cheese and top the burgers with more crumbled, crispy bacon. Serve on a bed of lettuce or a keto-friendly bun — or as is. This option is perfect for those who don’t care about the strong-flavored blue cheese.
- Beef and Mushroom Burgers: Mix 1/2 cup (120 ml) sliced mushrooms into the ground beef mixture before shaping into patties. Grill or pan-fry the burgers and top with crumbled bacon and blue cheese. Serve on a bed of arugula or spinach. (Hint: you can use green things as decoration; you don’t have to necessarily eat them!)
- Beef and Jalapeño Burgers: Mix 1/4 cup (60 ml; or to taste) diced jalapeños into the ground beef mixture before shaping into patties. Grill or pan-fry the burgers and top with crumbled bacon and a dollop of thick sour cream to tame the fiery flavor of jalapeños.
- Beef and Avocado Burgers: Grill or pan-fry the burgers and top with sliced avocado, crispy bacon, and a dollop of full-fat Greek yogurt. Serve on a bed of mixed greens or a keto-friendly bun.
- Beef, Egg, and Parm Burgers: Grill or pan-fry the burgers and top with a fried egg, crispy bacon, and grated Parmesan (that beautifully melts on the burger and egg, mmmh!).
On Thursday, I was hosting an Instagram live event on my Finnish publisher’s channel. I interviewed my former colleague Markus Lundström about a healthy diet for the whole family. Markus has a remarkable knowledge of nutrition, especially vitamins, minerals, supplements, and a holistic approach to well-being.
I launched another own brand product this week: cream of tartar. This ingredient is surprisingly versatile. You can use it naturally as a source for potassium, but also for baking and environment-friendly chemical-free cleaning! It’s perfect for cleaning your kitchen table, stovetop, as well as the bathroom!
I also packed myself a very nutritious product I’m going to launch next week. I’m going to post a story to my @lowcarbsosimple Instagram channel about it, so stay tuned!