Tillamook Bacon Cheeseburger


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This Tillamook bacon cheeseburger is OVER. THE. TOP. Bacon, melted cheddar, hot and salty french fries  Sometimes people just need a big, juicy, cheeseburger. Even if I don’t love cheeseburgers myself I can honestly say that I did enjoy this one. I looooooooved the french fries, the melted sharp cheddar, and especially the sauce. Oh, the sauce.


I’m such a huge fan of great sauces. I think a great sauce on a burger can totally make the difference. This sauce uses simple ingredients that most homes already have which is so much easier on everyone because you can always pull out a last minute meal without having to run to the store.



You can’t tell me that you don’t want to grab a few fries and dunk them in that. It’s such a great sauce.


We ended up making these burgers with a few friends earlier in the summer and I had to make a whole new bowl because it went so fast. Kind of like summer. Am I the only one that felt like summer has gone by way too fast? I am seriously DREADING getting back into a routine. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being out in the sun and traveling this summer. It’s killing me to think that I have to give my little 6 year old back to school every day. I love hanging out with her.


I’m interested what you all are doing to celebrate and enjoy the last few weeks of summer? Do you have anything planned to celebrate school starting again?

Tillamook Bacon Cheeseburger

Tillamook Bacon Cheeseburger


For the Burger

  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese, sliced
  • French fries (link to recipe below, minus the parmesan)
  • Top Burger Sauce*see below
  • Bacon, cooked
  • Buns
  • 2 lbs 85% Lean Ground Beef (the extra fat just keeps the burger a little more juicy)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Crushed Cracker Crumbs
  • Salt And pepper


  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup BBQ Sauce (We use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper A1 Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


For the Burger

  1. Whisk the eggs slightly in a small dish.
  2. Add the cracker crumbs and stir to combine.
  3. Add the ground beef and quickly, without squishing the meat too much, and using your hands, mix everything together.
  4. Form the beef into patties, about 1/2-1″ bigger than the size of your bun, indenting the centers a little to encourage even cooking.
  5. Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper, place on a plate and cover with saran wrap.
  6. Let sit in the fridge for 30 min. (If you have to you can skip this step, it just helps the patty to settle and stick together)
  7. Remove from the fridge and let rest on the counter for 5 minutes.
  8. Heat the grill to medium high heat.
  9. Place the burgers on the grill and close the lid immediately.
  10. Let the burgers cook about 6-8 minutes per side, flipping only once. Do not press down on the meat with your spatula. It squeezes out the juices.
  11. The last minute of cooking, open the lid, add the cheese, and close the lid in order to trap the heat and melt the cheese. This is also a great time to add the buns and grill them slightly.
  12. Remove the meat from the grill and immediately place on the bottom bun.
  13. Top with sauce, bacon fries and bun lid.



  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, adding the salt and pepper last to season to taste.
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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9 comments on “Tillamook Bacon Cheeseburger”

    Thanks for this!

  2. Your site is amazing. I am a True Salt Lake Foodie always on the search for delicious restaurants and recipes. Over the summer I got a Traeger Smoker and it has been a lot of fun. Check out my site, http://www.hometownslop.blogspot.com.

    I would love to link to your “Foodies” page and do the same for you.

  3. Carrian,

    This burger looks to die for! We’d love for you to submit a similar recipe to The Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal, offering a grand-prize to one lucky blogger who will tape a segment to air on national TV! If you're interested, check out our contest page for more details.

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  4. oh good gracious, darlin'!


    I love Tillamook and I love burgers!

    You and I definitely need to get together and make burgers together!

  5. I love Tillamook cheese. These hamburgers look perfect. I agree, a good sauce can make a burger better! I'll have to try this one.

  6. This sounds amazing!!!!

  7. I love every single thing about this burger!

  8. We are going to Oregon next month and I want to visit Tillamook!

  9. Yumm this looks phenomenal! I make a similar suace sometimes with BBQ and light mayo, but I never thought to add spices like chili powder to it. I will definitely try this one out 🙂