Alder Planked Burger with Bacon & Provolone

One of the juiciest burgers!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Category Entree
Grill Used Kamado Joe
Cook Time 8 minutes
Meat Beef


Servings: 6
(1½ lbs. hamburger serves 4, use 1 egg)
* Requires two Alder planks

2¼ lb. ground chuck or ground sirloin
2 eggs
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
9 slices of bacon
6 slices provolone cheese
3 tbsp butter (for toasting buns)

Serving Ingredients
6 hamburger buns (split and toasted)
1 red onion
6 sliced kosher pickles (Claussen Pickles are excellent)


In a small mixing bowl, add the eggs, salt and pepper to taste, and whisk until thoroughly mixed. In large bowl, loosely break apart the hamburger and add the egg mixture. mix together, but do not over mix (see tip #6). Divide the hamburger into 6 equal portions. Form each portion into a 3/4” thick patties (see tip #2) and make a dimple (see tip #4). Salt and pepper both sides of each burger patty (optional). Place them on a large plate, cover with clear wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before grilling. Soak the Alder planks in water for 1 hour.

While the hamburger are chilling, slice the red onion, place on a plate and refrigerate. In a large pan over medium heat, cook the bacon slices until the desired crispness is reached and wrap in a double-wrapped paper towel to absorb excess fat and to keep warm. Slice the buns, melt the butter and baste the cut sides making sure they are fully covered with the liquefied butter. See the instructions and options for toasting hamburger buns above.

Heat the grill to 400°F (205°C) and place the hamburgers on the grill and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the hamburgers and cook another 3 minutes. Set the Alder planks next to the grill and place the burgers on them (3 to a plank). Place the planks with the burgers back on the grill. Begin toasting the buns and cook the burgers 8-10 minutes (use a pen thermometer to check for doneness). Place a slice of cheese on each burger. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove the burgers from the grill and allow them to rest 2-3 minutes (see tip #10). Place the burgers on the toasted bun bottoms. Break the bacon slices in half and top each burger with 3 pieces. Add the bun tops and serve with a pickle.

Submitted By: D. Schultz, Auburn, GA Website:
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