Anyone who has read a food blog in past 2 years knows that bacon is beloved by many foodies.Â Whether it’s creating bacon vodka or electing bacon the top meat in the land in So Good’s Meat Madness, bacon is HOT.Â Anyone who dares criticize bacon on their blog will likely be hit with a flurry of comments along the lines of, “bacon is the greatest meat ever,”Â “EVERYTHING is better with bacon” or “bacon can improve any food.”Â While I’m not crazy about the obsessive level of bacon fervor, I do think bacon is delicious and has its place.Â But I’ll tell you one of the places bacon should NOT be: on your burger.
Many of you are probably thinking, “whaaaaaaaaa? how can you not like bacon on a burger?” It’s seems like one of the most obvious and easy uses for bacon.Â Most people believe that if you add some crispy, greasy bacon to pretty much any burger, good, bad or mediocre, it WILL be better. WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
How many times have you ordered a mediocre fast food burger that came with soft, chewy or generally gross, low quality bacon? In those cases, you aren’t adding anything but cost, calories and consternation to your burger order.Â But the main reason that your opinion is WRONG?Â It completely disregards a new food fad that has been trending mainstream like crazy in the past five years: the rise of the easily accessible & affordable premium burger.
California residents, with access to In-n-Out Burger, have long known the joys of being able to get affordable, fresh and delicious burgers. ButÂ in other parts of the country, many consumers are just now becoming able to find premium, fresh (not frozen) hamburgers at affordable prices. Whether it’s the expanding-faster-than-you-can-blink Five Guys, or city specific chains like Shake Shack in NYC or Ray’s Hell Burger or Z Burger in DC,Â there are a LOT of really, really good burgers available to the public in the $4 – $10 price range.Â Not to mention the growing number of bars and restaurants who are now putting a bigger menu focus on burgers.Â Many of these are damn tasty burgers, with fresh, well seasoned and perfectly moist and greasy hand-formed patties.
You want to taste bacon? Eat a BLT or order it with your eggs at breakfast. You want to taste a burger? Then really TASTE a burger. Don’t mask it with the flavor of bacon. Yeah, it’s delicious, we know.Â But what are you really in the mood for? Bacon? Or a juicy burger? If it’s the latter, your addition of bacon to the mix is preventing you from enjoying the full wonderfulness of a well-made, perfectly cooked burger.Â There’s a reason In-n-Out doesn’t serve bacon on their burgers: they don’t NEED bacon. They are f-ing awesome on their own, and if you want to take issue with the menu options of perhaps the best burger chain in the country, then be perpared for a horde of burger loving Mormons to hunt you down.
There are so many good burgers these days, and if you haven’t enjoyed the taste of one of them without the addition of bacon, you aren’t doing justice to the tremendous amount of time and work burger joint owners have put into raising the quality of this classic American dining staple. Your decision to add bacon is an insult to the high level of quality and deliciousness of these burgers.
So give it some thought So Good readers. Are you always ordering bacon on your burger?Â STOP. Dial it back a bit. Recognize that sometimes, you don’t need bacon.Â Sometimes, you need to appreciate good burgers for exactly what they are: good burgers.Â Â There ain’t nothing wrong with that.