12 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
2 lb ground beef
6 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
6 pretzel or hamburger buns
Ketchup with Bourbon & Molasses
Toppings: lettuce and tomato
Archer Farms Spicy Maple Bourbon Pickle Spears
6 4 1/2-inch bamboo skewers
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line rimmed baking pan with parchment. Cut bacon slices into thirds. Using 6 portions, weave into lattice square. Repeat to form 6 squares.
Arrange bacon squares on parchment. Bake 20 minutes until starting to crisp. Brush with maple syrup. Bake 5 to 8 minutes longer until desired crispness.
Meanwhile, heat grill to medium-high. Shape beef into six 4 1/2-inch patties. Salt and pepper both sides. Grill until cooked through,* turning once or twice. During the last minute, top with cheese.
Spread bottom of each bun with bourbon ketchup. Layer with lettuce, cheeseburgers, tomato and bacon.
Top with remaining buns and pickles. Skewer to hold pickle in place. Serve with additional ketchup and pickles.
Note: Always cook ground beef to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F (71.1 degrees C).