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Ultimate bacon cheeseburger

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
48 min
20 min
13 min
This is hands-down our favorite cheeseburger recipe. It features bacon, red onions, shredded Mexican-style cheese, fresh tomatoes, and boston lettuce leaves for a bit of crunch and texture. The addition of dried porcini mushrooms to the burger patties adds great moisture to otherwise dry lean ground beef. If you've never used dried mushrooms before, keep in mind it's very important to soak them first in hot water before using them to bring out as much of their flavor as possible, so be sure not to skip that step. Instead of the stovetop, the bacon is heated through in the microwave for super-easy cleanup.


Dried porcini mushrooms

1 oz, sliced

Uncooked reduced fat center cut bacon

8 slice(s)

Uncooked 95% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

Cremini mushroom(s)

6 oz, finely chopped

Uncooked red onion(s)

½ small, grated

Kosher salt

1 tsp, divided

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Weight Watchers Reduced-fat Mexican style shredded cheese

15 Tbsp, sharp variety

Fresh tomato(es)

4 slice(s), 3/4-inch-thick

Light hamburger roll(s) or bun(s)

4 item(s), toasted

Boston lettuce

4 leaf/leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine porcini mushrooms and enough hot water to cover; let stand until mushrooms soften, 15 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to sieve; rinse well, pat dry, then chop.
  2. Meanwhile, microwave 4 slices bacon on High in a single layer between paper towels until bacon is partially cooked but still flexible, 30 seconds; drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining 4 slices bacon; cool.
  3. In a large bowl, fold together beef, both types of mushrooms, onion and 1/2 tsp salt; shape into four 3 1/2-inch patties and season with 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.
  4. Crisscross 2 strips bacon across each patty, tucking the ends underneath.
  5. Off heat, coat a grill rack (or large grill pan) with cooking spray; heat to medium-high heat. Add burgers, bacon ends down; cook, flipping once, until internal temperature reaches 160°F, about 6 minutes per side. Sprinkle a scant 1/4 c cheese over each burger; cover until melted, about 30 seconds.
  6. Sprinkle tomato slices with remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Place 1 burger on each bun bottom; top each with a tomato slice, lettuce leaf, onion slice (optional) and bun top.
  7. Serving size: 1 burger