Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers

  • 10MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 395KCAL

Here are our slimming friendly, Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers that you can enjoy guilt free whether counting calories or following Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories395
  • Carbs28g
  • Protein43g
  • Fat11g
  • Saturates5g
  • Sugars3.1g

These mouth-watering, slimming friendly, Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers can be enjoyed guilt-free whether counting calories or following Weight Watchers!

We know what you’re thinking – There’s no way that bacon cheese burgers can be enjoyed when you’re losing weight, right? Get ready to be proven wrong! A McDonalds Big Tasty with Bacon clocks up an eye watering 869 calories. You could have 2 of these Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers and still have 253 calories to spare!

These burgers are a winner all year round, perfect comfort food on a winter night or great to take to a BBQ in the summer.

What diets is this Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe suitable for?

These Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers can be made suitable for gluten free diets by replacing the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Wholemeal Rolls

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe?

  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers?

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To make these burgers you will need a couple of specific tools; a food processor (or a hand blender with a food processor attachment) and a non stick frying pan.

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How many calories are in Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers?

There are 395 calories per portion in this Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add half a red onion to your food processor and blitz.

Step 2

Add your lean beef mince (5% fat) and the salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 beef stock cube, soy sauce and the egg. Give it a whizz until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Step 3

Grab a big handful of the mixture and begin to shape it around a babybel cheese. Make sure there are no cracks or gaps, you don’t want all that lovely cheese to escape!

Step 4

Heat a large non-stick frying pan and spray liberally with low calorie cooking spray. Add your burgers and cook gently – you want them to be cooked through without being burnt on the outside. Alternatively crack out the BBQ on and get grilling!

Step 5

Remove the visible fat from the bacon and grill.

Step 6

Assemble your burger in a 60g wholemeal roll and serve!

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How do you know when Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers are cooked?

Cook your burgers gently – you want them to be cooked through, with enough heat to create a melting middle, but not burnt on the outside.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it straight away.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze these Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers?

Yes you can, but we would only recommend freezing before cooking. You can wrap each raw patty individually in foil and place in the freezer.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat these Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers?

We wouldn’t recommend reheating the burgers once they have been cooked.

If you have frozen the uncooked burgers allow them to fully defrost and then follow the cooking instructions from step 4 in this recipe.

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Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers

Here are our slimming friendly, Melt-in-the-middle Bacon Cheese Burgers that you can enjoy guilt free whether counting calories or following Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • WW
    9 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 395
  • Carbs 28G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 9 Blue
  • 9 Purple

Ingredients

  • 400 g lean 5% minced beef
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 large pinch coarse sea salt
  • 1 large pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cube Beef Stock
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 Babybel Light
  • 4 wholemeal rolls of choice
  • 4 slices bacon
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Add half a red onion to your food processor and blitz.
  2. Add your lean beef mince (5% fat) and the salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 beef stock cube, soy sauce and the egg. Give it a whizz until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Grab a big handful of the mixture and begin to shape it around a babybel cheese. Make sure there are no cracks or gaps, you don't want all that lovely cheese to escape!
  4. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and spray liberally with low calorie cooking spray. Add your burgers and cook gently - you want them to be cooked through without being burnt on the outside. Alternatively crack out the BBQ on and get grilling!
  5. Remove the visible fat from the bacon and grill.
  6. Assemble your burger in a 60g wholemeal roll and serve!

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Sally RandallWednesday 30th September 2020

I’ve made these once before and loved them but not keen on the red onion as could really taste it – could I use onion granules rather than blended red onion or would that change the recipe too much?x

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    LisaWednesday 30th September 2020

    Hi Sally,
    You could use onion granules if you prefer, but the blitzed onion add a little moisture to the burgers so you may find them a bit dryer than usual if you miss them out.
    Hope this helps

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StefanMonday 21st September 2020

Absolutely delicious. Not even joking taste better than any restaurant burger.

I used a small piece of light mozerella instead of babybel and cooked in the oven on 190 for 25 minutes. Came out perfect!

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    SharonTuesday 22nd September 2020

    Hi Stefan,
    We’re so pleased to hear you are really happy with this recipe, that’s great to hear! Thanks for letting us know how you adapted it too by using mozzarella instead of a Babybel cheese, a useful tip.Thanks for taking the time to let us know .

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Pamela GrahamTuesday 28th July 2020

I usually make burgers with hand mixing but was anxious to try your recipe. I thought that using the processor toughened the meat but the seasoning was really good. Next time I will use onion granules and mix by hand. Cheese was a good touch.

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    SharonFriday 31st July 2020

    Hi Pamela, thanks for the feedback on this recipe, and we’re glad you enjoyed the flavour and the cheese inside. We have noted that you thought hand mixing would suit you better next time. Thankyou for getting in touch.

    Reply

SarahWednesday 24th June 2020

Can I cook these under the grill (not bbq)? If so how long for?

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    Holly LevellThursday 25th June 2020

    Hi Sarah, yes these can be cooked in the frying pan, bbq or grill. You want to cook your burgers gently so that they are cooked through, with enough heat to create a melting middle, but not burnt on the outside.
    Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. Hope that helps!

    Reply

Louise GoodeSunday 21st June 2020

Hi,

I don’t have a food processor… would a hand blender work instead?

Thanks,
Louise

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    SharonMonday 22nd June 2020

    Hi Louise , a hand blender with a food processor attachment would work. You can see a photo of one in the text accompanying the recipe. Hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe.

    Reply

JudeMonday 30th March 2020

Could you use low fat mozzarella instead or babybel?thanks

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    Sharon FitzpatrickMonday 11th May 2020

    Hi Jude, we haven’t tried making these with low fat mozzarella but it should work. Let us know how you get on!

    Reply

MariaWednesday 4th December 2019

Does the 395 calories include the burger bun?
Thanks!

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    Sharon FitzpatrickTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Maria, yes, the 395 calories does include the burger bun. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

    Reply

Christopher MurphyFriday 27th September 2019

Can I use a bit of English (or Dijon) mustard instead of mustard seeds? Or just leave mustard out completely?

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    Holly LevellFriday 15th May 2020

    Hi Christopher, this would still work with some English or Dijon mustard. Hope that helps!

    Reply

Sophie AllisonTuesday 20th August 2019

Is the 9 points including the bun?

Thanks

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    Holly LevellMonday 1st June 2020

    Hi Sophie, the nutritional information includes the bun in this recipe. Hope that helps!

    Reply

JeanetteFriday 24th May 2019

Will these hold together ok without using red onion? or is there something else i can use instead?
my partner can’t eat anything onion ????

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    CateSaturday 25th May 2019

    Yes you can leave the onion out, they will still hold together fine 🙂

    Reply

Janet DaviesTuesday 7th August 2018

Currently cooking one of these in the oven ???? I cook them for about 25 mins on 190 degrees & have never had any issues cooking that way, love your recipes ladies, thank you so much for inspiring myself & many others ????????

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Claire AustinSunday 17th June 2018

Just finished eating these. Didn’t use the cheese, Just made them as burgers. I can honestly say they were the tastiest burgers I have tasted. Scrumptious.
.Thank you for the recipe, it’s a keeper.

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ClaireFriday 8th June 2018

Hi Gail – How long did you cook these in the oven and at what temperatures? Many thanks Claire

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Josephine PapworthWednesday 24th January 2018

Hi there, is it possible to cook these in the oven or grill them in the oven? If so how long do you reckon? ????

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    GailMonday 26th March 2018

    I made these tonight and cooked them in the oven, they were delicious.
    Will definitely be making these again as my family really enjoyed them too x

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      MargaretTuesday 10th April 2018

      These were a hit with my family. So easy yet so tasty. Will be a regular with my household. Thank you pinch of nom. Xx

Pollyanna HuttonSunday 14th January 2018

I use a burger press to make these.
Layer of mince at the bottom, babybelxin the middle and then layer mince over the top and sices.
Perfect burger and no escaping meltiness ????

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Linda DyeSunday 20th August 2017

Are these suitable for making up & then freezing before cooking. If I make 4 burgers I will need to store 3 in some way.

Many thanks

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Linda,

    Yes these are fine for freezing (as long as you use ingredients that haven’t previously been frozen) ????

    Reply

Kerry ClementsSaturday 7th January 2017

How much is 1 pack ofor mince?

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