Cajun Ranch Bacon Cheeseburgers

With Father’s Day weekend coming up, I thought I’d another great grilling recipe!  In the past I have usually thrown those frozen pre-pattied burgers on the grill.  They’re fine and all but really lacking pizzazz.  These burgers: lots of pizzazz. 

Now, if you, unlike me, remember to thaw your bacon for the bacon cheeseburgers ahead of time, you can go ahead and omit the bacon bits and top these with bacon instead (or maybe double bacon? Woah!)  But, if you forgot (or just plain don’t feel like cooking bacon) go ahead and toss those bacon bits into the burger.  It is a little different, but you get to enjoy little hints of bacon-y goodness peppered throughout your burger. 

These burgers were definitely a hit in my house.  Even my 3 year old ate a little of his burger (with yellow cheese and minus all healthy toppings of course!)

Cajun Ranch Bacon Cheeseburgers
Adapted from Picky Palate

1 lb lean ground beef
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
¼ tsp paprika
Dash of salt
Dash of black pepper
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of oregano
¼ cup Bacon bits

4 hamburger buns, sliced
4 slices provolone cheese
¼ cup ranch dressing (approximately)
Fresh spinach
Tomato slices

In a medium sized bowl, mix all of the burger ingredients together until well combined.  Form into 4 equal sized patties.  Cook on the grill over medium low heat until cooked through.  Note – I pat my hamburger patties quite thin because there is nothing worse than an undercooked hamburger *shudder*

Meanwhile, spray a skillet lightly with nonstick spray and heat to medium high.  Lightly toast the buns and spread one half with 1 tablespoon of the ranch dressing.

Once the burgers are done, add the cheese (still on the grill) and let cook for a minute or so longer, until the cheese is nice and melty.  Place the burgers on the toasted buns and top with spinach and tomato slices.

Serves 4