If you’ve caught up with London’s The Meatwagon you may have noticed something different riding on its bacon cheeseburgers. In place of bacon rashers (strips) Yianni Papoutsis piggybacks his beef burgers with a griddle-fried patty of chopped boiled bacon.
The bacon patty is positioned directly atop the beef patty, essentially creating a double burger with an even distribution of bacon flavour and fat in every bite. You may lose much of the bacon’s crispness, which is a bad thing, but through the mingling of matching minces the beef and pork become inseparable, which is a very good thing – at least until the greasy meats reach your stomach.
The patty-backed bacon burger was made famous by Hodad’s Burgers, which opened right off San Diego’s Bacon Street (I kid you not) in 1969. Hodad’s simmers strips of American-style bacon (British streaky rashers) until they shred easily, drains and chops the boiled bacon and shapes the bits into a thin patties. Meatwagon appears to follow the same practice. Both sides of the patties are fried on the griddle under the weight of a bacon press or, in the home version, a spatula and a strong hand. (Click here for detailed text version of recipe seen in video below for Hodad’s bacon cheeseburger).