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A loaded burger with asparagus spears and bacon on a bun with Parmesan crisps
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Loaded Burgers with Asparagus and Parmesan

Loaded burgers make the best gourmet burger recipe ever! You'll love every bite of these grilled burgers topped with bacon, asparagus, and Parmesan crisps.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword gourmet burger recipe, grilled burgers, Loaded Burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 490kcal
Author Caroline Williams

Ingredients

Ground Beef Patty Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef 80/20
  • ¼ teaspoon salt approx.
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper approx.
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic granules approx. (or garlic powder)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan

Ingredients for Burger Toppings

  • ¼ cup grated parmesan or a little more
  • 4 slices smoked bacon

For Assembling the Loaded Burgers

  • 12 stems asparagus
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 4 burger rolls

Instructions

  • Mix together 1 lb. ground beef, ¼ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, and ¼ cup grated Parmesan until well combined.
    Divide into 4 equally-sized balls and form into slightly flattened round patties.
    Add to a plate and chill in the refrigerator.
    Close up of ground beef with shaved parmesan for loaded burgers
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Press some Parmesan into a round 1 tablespoon measure and then tip onto a silicon baking mat on top of a baking sheet.
    Gently press it down. Repeat to make 4 round "patties", then bake for around 3-5 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool before lifting from mat.
    Keep your oven on! You will use it for the next step.
    Forming the Parmesan crisps on a silicone baking sheet mat
  • With your oven set to 400°F, prepare your bacon. You will only need 4 slices of bacon for this recipe, but you can easily cook an entire batch this way.
    Do so by lining a baking sheet with foil. If you have a baking sheet rack, use it! Placing the bacon on the elevated rack will help circulate the heat better and crisp the bacon up more evenly.
    Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy to your liking. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
    You can cook the bacon on the grill, but watch it closely if you do.
    cooked candied bacon on a lined sheet pan
  • When ready to cook, preheat grill to high, then cook the burger patties to your preferred level of doneness, turning after the first side no longer sticks to the grill. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 160°F, or well-done, for ground beef. Use a meat thermometer for best results.
    After you turn the burgers, add 12 stems of asparagus to the grill and cook turning once or twice until lightly charred and just tender.
    Meanwhile, mix 2 Tbsp. Parmesan into ¼ cup mayonnaise. Split 4 burger rolls, lightly toast if desired, then spread with the Parmesan mayo.
    Top the bottom of the rolls each with a burger, bacon split into 2 pieces, 3 stems of asparagus (trimmed to be just a little longer than bun is wide - you can add in ends too, if they'll fit) and a Parmesan crisp.
    Close up of one of the loaded burgers with spears of asparagus, bacon, and a Parmesan crisp

Notes

  1. Try adding a fried or poached egg to your burger. Delicious!
  2. If you're unable to grill outside, you can also cook the burgers and asparagus on a grill pan following the same basic steps. Just lightly oil the pan before heating. Use a cast iron pan if available.
  3. For maximum flavor and deliciousness, we recommend using Certified Angus Beef ® brand beef, an 80/20 mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1012mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 5.5mg