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Retro Diner-Style Cheeseburger

by Jennifer McDonald
Retro Diner-Style Cheeseburger

This Retro Diner-style Cheeseburger is not for the faint of heart or prissy eaters. You will get your hands and face messy unless you eat it with a fork like some heathens in my house do.

I hope you enjoy preparing this bad boy at home just like I did!

Retro Diner-Style Cheeseburger

Retro Diner-Style Cheeseburger

Jennifer McDonaldJennifer McDonald
This Retro Diner-Style Cheeseburger is not for the faint of heart, but when it comes to a classic comfort food, this will fit the bill!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 643 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef lean
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small Vidalia onion peeled, sliced into rings and separated
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup lettuce shredded
  • 1 large tomato cut into 6 slices
  • 6 large hamburger buns toasted


  • Melt butter in the oven for about 30 to 60 seconds in a microwavable cup. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • Put the ground beef in a large bowl and make a well in the centre of the meat. Pour in the butter and carefully mix with a large spoon or hands until the butter mix is combined evenly. Loosely form the beef mixture into 6 patties slightly wider than your buns. Do not overpack the beef. Set aside.
  • Heat a large 12-inch nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Cook the 6 slices of bacon in batches, if needed, until crispy, flipping halfway through, about 7 minutes. Put bacon on paper towels to drain. Drain all but a tablespoon of the cooked bacon oil and return the pan to the stove.
  • Saute the onion slices until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. They will likely pick up any black bits leftover from the bacon. Remove the bacon from the pan and allow drain on paper towels. Do not drain grease, if any, from the pan.
  • Return skillet to med-high heat and add the burgers. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping once halfway through until they reach medium doneness in the centre.
  • During the last minute of cooking, add a slice of cheddar for each patty.
  • To assemble the burgers, start with the bottom bun. Spread 1 tablespoon of burger sauce on the bottom bun and top with some shredded lettuce and a tomato slice. Add the cheese-topped patty, 1 slice of bacon torn in half, and some onions. Add the top bun and enjoy!


Calories: 643kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 35gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 888mgPotassium: 655mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 672IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 230mgIron: 5mg
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