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Crack Burgers

If you’ve never had a crack burger, get ready to be instantly addicted! This juicy, cheesy, bacon-loaded creation is the stuff dreams are made of.

They’re loaded with ground chuck, sour cream, ranch seasoning, bacon crumbles, and cheddar cheese. The first time I tried them, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

Crack burger with thick patty, sliced tomato, red onions, sliced cheese and lettuce served with fries.
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Grill them up for your next backyard BBQ. One bite, and you’ll understand where the “crack” name comes from.

This recipe will rock your world!

Why You’ll Love These Crack Burgers

There are so many reasons these burgers are so addictive!

  • Flavor Explosion: The combination of cheddar cheese, bacon, and ranch seasoning is irresistible.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Crack burgers are sure to be a hit at any barbecue or gathering. Your friends and family won’t be able to get enough.
  • Easy Prep: With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, you can whip up a batch in no time.
  • Freezer-Friendly: Make a double batch and freeze the extra patties for later for another delicious meal.
Crack burger patty in skillet topped with cheese slice.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make these delicious burgers:

  • Ground Chuck: The star of the show! It makes for the juiciest burgers.
  • Sour Cream: The tangy, creamy goodness adds moisture and flavor to the beef.
  • Ranch Dressing Mix: A seasoning powerhouse bursting with herbs and spices. It’s the not-so-secret ingredient.
  • Cooked and Crumbled Bacon: It takes the burgers to the next level!
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Sharp, melty cheddar oozes over the patties. Freshly shredded is best for maximum gooeyness.
  • Salt and Pepper: To enhance the taste.
  • Hamburger Buns: Any type will do just fine!
  • Optional Toppings: Ad lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard, or whatever else you like.
Thick patties stack in a white plate.

How to Make Crack Burgers

Follow these easy steps to make crack burgers:

  1. Mix the ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, cooked and crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. Do not overmix.
  2. Form the patties. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties about 1 inch thick. Make a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent puffing up during cooking.
  3. Preheat the grill. Preheat your grill or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grates or pan.
  4. Cook the burgers. Place the patties on the grill or in the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes. Flip carefully and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160°F for well done.
  5. Melt the cheese. Place a slice of cheese on each patty during the last minute of cooking to melt.
  6. Rest and toast. Remove the burgers and let them rest for a few minutes. Meanwhile, lightly toast the buns.
  7. Assemble and serve. Place the burgers on the toasted buns and add your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.
Crack burger on a white plate with fries on the side.

Tips for the Best Crack Burgers

Follow these tips to make your burgers the very best.

  • The fattier, the better. Choose ground chuck with 20-30% fat content for the juiciest burgers. Lean meat won’t provide the same rich taste.
  • Be gentle! Mix the ground meat and seasonings quickly and gently with your hands to avoid overworking the meat.
  • Let it chill. Keep the ground meat cold before forming the patties. This stops the fat from melting and making the burgers dense.
  • Flip sparingly. Only flip the burgers once on the grill. Let them cook for 4-5 minutes per side for medium doneness. Flipping too often can cause them to fall apart.
  • Resist the urge to press! Avoid pushing on the burgers with a spatula while they’re cooking. This will press out the juices.
  • Get toasty. Lightly toast the buns before serving to prevent them from getting soggy. Have toppings prepped and ready to go.
Crack burger served with fries and ketchup dip on a white plate.

How to Store

Here’s how to store your leftover burgers to keep them fresh.

To Store: Wrap each cooled burger patty tightly in plastic wrap. Place in an air-tight container or zip-top bag. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To Freeze: Place the wrapped burger patties in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

Transfer the frozen patties to a freezer-safe bag or container. Separate layers with parchment paper. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: Reheat burger patties separately from the bun in a 350°F oven on a rack for 7-10 minutes. Flip them halfway through.

Or, heat them in a skillet with a splash of water or beef broth over medium heat. Toast the buns lightly if desired and reassemble the burgers with toppings.

Crack Burgers

Course: Main CourseCuisine: American
Servings

4

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servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

720

kcal

These crack burgers are as addictive as they sound! Juicy beef is combined with ranch, sour cream, bacon, and cheese for a flavor explosion.

Ingredients

  • pounds ground chuck (80/20 or 85/15 fat content)

  • 3 Tbsp sour cream

  • 2 Tbsp ranch dressing mix

  • cup cooked and crumbled bacon

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 hamburger buns

  • Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, mustard

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, gently combine the ground chuck, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Do not overmix to avoid tough burgers.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties about 1 inch thick. Make a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent puffing up during cooking.
  • Preheat your grill or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grates or pan.
  • Place the patties on the grill or in the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes. Flip carefully and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 160°F for well done.
  • If desired, place a slice of cheese on each patty during the last minute of cooking to melt.
  • Remove the burgers and let rest for a few minutes. Meanwhile, lightly toast the buns.
  • Assemble the burgers on the toasted buns and add your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and mustard.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy your juicy, flavorful crack burgers!

Notes

  • Use fatty ground beef for flavor and moisture.
  • Handle the meat gently, and not overcooking the patties.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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