Let me start by saying, BACON IS NOT BAD FOR YOU. I’m tired of trying to convince people that! For a lot of Paleo eaters, bacon is a staple, and it’s often glorified as “meat candy”. Now to be clear, I’m not condoning the excessive consumption of bacon. I believe it’s one of those things that should be eaten more or less in moderation, but I don’t mean once a week moderation, I just mean don’t go through a pack of bacon a day. There have definitely been weeks when I ate 2 or 3 slices of bacon a day, and I’m fine with that. The thing with bacon though, just like any other meat, is that quality matters; I buy only pastured, organic bacon. And since better quality generally means a higher price tag, I can’t afford to eat bacon morning, noon and night anyways.
Anywho, let’s quickly debunk the demonization of bacon. This comes from the folks over at Whole9:
“Back in our collective (conventional) diet days, bacon was seen as the epitome of unhealthy eating, a sort of hedonistic culinary irresponsibility. After all, it was full of saturated fat, loaded with sodium, and infused with questionable preservatives – a solid red light. But as many of us have since learned, saturated fat is not, in fact, the enemy. (In fact, some types of saturated fat actually have health-promoting properties!) And in the context of eliminating most packaged, processed food from our diet, we’ve also eliminated three quarters of our sodium, which means we can afford to shake the shaker and eat some salty foods on occasion.”
So for those of you who are stuck on the whole “saturated fat is bad for you!” band wagon, and don’t want to let go of your low-fat diet, please please pleeeaassee do a little research. And here, I’ll make your life a little easier, read these articles:
Now that we know that bacon is not the enemy, let’s get to the good stuff: 50-50 burgers. 50% ground beef, bison or turkey, and 50% bacon. Since the bacon is so rich and fatty, I like to balance it out with ground turkey, but these burgers would be equally amazing with bison or beef.
Thanks to the bacon, these burgers are melt in your mouth tender and oh so juicy. No more dry, crumbly burgers. Not in my house.
I can’t get enough of these. I really can’t.
Makes 6 delicious burgers
1 pound ground turkey (or bison or beef)
1 pound bacon
1 Tbsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
1.5 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground pepper
- Using a good knife, chop the bacon as small as possible.
- Mix the ground turkey with the finely chopped bacon, and mix in the spices.
- Grill or cook in a skillet over medium heat for 6-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through to your desired doneness. You don’t need to grease your skillet since the bacon fat will render as you cook them.
- Serve with your favorite toppings, and chow down.