Ever since I saw the glazed donut cheeseburger online, I knew I wanted to try it. It’s disgusting, looks fattening, like a heart attack on a plate, right? In actuality, it was… amazing. Transcendental, even. A completely delicious burger-eating experience. Hard to describe. Having sweet elements added to meat is in no way unusual these days. My best meatloaf has a brown sugar-ketchup glaze, pork is braised in Dr. Pepper, ham is braised in Coke, and people are rubbing brown sugar into everything.
Glazed Donut Cheeseburgers with Brown Sugar Bacon (for 1 burger)
- 1 glazed donut
- 1/4 lb. beef
- 1 thick slice cheddar cheese
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 and a grill or grill pan to medium high. Place bacon on an oven-safe rack on top of a cookie sheet. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until bacon is cooked and sugar has caramelized. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
- Form ground beef into a patty just slightly larger than the glazed donut, and press an indentation in the center. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides, then grill 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, place cheese on burger patty and close grill top (or place bowl/lid over the top) to melt cheese.
- When bacon is done, cut each piece in half.
- Briefly grill glazed donut halves on the grill, then place burger patty on bottom half. Top with four pieces bacon in a tic-tac-toe pattern, then add the top half of the donut.
- Serve with a salad, if you want to feel virtuous.