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Pancetta Cheeseburgers

Slices of crisped pancetta and melted fontina cheese take the place of bacon and cheddar.

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 thin slices pancetta
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground chuck
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted if desired

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pancetta on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, flipping the slices halfway through, until crisp, about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, using your hands, combine ground chuck, salt, chili powder, and paprika in a bowl, and season with pepper. Shape into 4 patties (about 4 inches in diameter).

  3. Step 3

    Preheat grill to medium. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 5 to 6 seconds.) Grill burgers 4 to 5 minutes. Flip burgers, and top with cheese. Grill 3 to 4 minutes more for medium-rare. Remove, and let rest 5 minutes. Top burgers with pancetta, and serve on buns.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2007

Reviews (3)

  • 17 Jul, 2013

    It is a tasty recipe and it seems to be really simple to do it! yachtbooker

  • 17 Jul, 2013

    These were a hit with me and my husband. Good flavor! I used turkey bacon instead of pancetta; they were yummy! The patties do shrink quite a bit, so make them wider than the diameter of your bun.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    These are good but the flavor of the fontina was a bit lost. Make sure you remember to really flatten out your patties or they will puff up...like mine. =)