Taste Tested: Maple Bacon Cheeseburgers

Happy Canada Day everyone! A�To celebrate, we’re going all Canadian — with maple, bacon and cheddar of course! A�Perfect for the long weekend — just grill and pair with an ice cold Ontario craft beer.


“A friend of mine makes these amazing burgers he’s dubbed ‘Juicy Lucys’. A�By stuffing them with cheese, he doesn’t have to deal with the ‘this is too raw, this is too cooked’ drama when feeding a crowd. A�He never has to deal with drippy burning cheese and it’s messy aftermath! A�And they’re always super, well, juicy! I’ve since adopted this ‘stuff it and roll it’ technique for all my burger grilling needs. A�This version is chalk full of Canadian flavors, perfect to celebrate another year around the sun for our delicious nation!”A�


We chose to garnish with Ontario tomatoes, peppery local arugala and more cheese!

Recipe: Maple Bacon Cheeseburgers

There’s nothing more Canadian than maple, bacon, cheddar and beer!


  • 1lb Ontario ground beef
  • 1/4 cup Mad Tom IPA
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Ontario maple syrup
  • 8 strips double smoked Perth Pork bacon
  • 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 cup shredded Maple Dale cheddar


  1. Chop bacon in rough mince.
  2. Mix chopped bacon, beef, beer, maple syrup, salt, pepper and chilly flakes together in large chilled bowl.
  3. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions. Roll into balls, lay on tray, cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  4. Once cold, form meat mixture into flattened rounds. In the palm of your hand, press well into center of patty.
  5. Carefully fill the well with 1/4 cup shredded cheddar. Using your other hand, fold the edges over, sealing the well. Roll into ball, flatten slightly and return to the fridge. Repeat with other 3 portions.
  6. Heat grill — we used our Big Green Egg! — to approximately 400 degrees. Grill burgers, flipping only once until they feel firm when poked.
  7. Garnish with your favorite toppings (more bacon?!) and serve on fresh, locally baked buns.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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