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Bacon Cheeseburger with Secret Sauce

Think old classic turned macro-friendly.
5 from 1 vote
Course Burgers, dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Protein, sauce
Cuisine American, California Fresh, Classic American, Comfort, comfort food
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 402 kcal

Disclaimer: the grams I’ve listed manually after each ingredient are accurate for a single recipe, but they will not multiply if you choose the 2x or 3x option. Please make sure and multiply on your own!


For the patties and the caramelized onions: (serves 4- with leftover caramelized onions for later!)

  • 1 lb 93/7 ground turkey (I use organic Fulton Farms*)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 White onion, sliced thin
  • Olive oil spray

For the burger sauce: (serves 4)

  • 3 Tbsp Non-fat Greek yogurt (45 g)
  • 3 Tbsp Pickle juice (45 g)
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet relish (30g, or dill if you hate it!)*
  • 1/2 Tbsp Honey mustard (7 g, feel free to use yellow mustard instead*)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ketchup (7 g)

For one burger: (serves 1)

  • 1 Brioche hamburger bun*
  • 2 Tbsp burger sauce (30g)
  • 1 Cooked turkey burger
  • 1 Thin slice of cheddar (14 g)
  • 1 Tbsp Caramelized onions (15 g)
  • 1 Piece of bacon, cooked*
  • Lettuce
  • 2-3 Tomato slices (50 g)
  • Sliced pickles


  • Weigh meat into 4 oz balls and place them all on a plate or sheet pan. Season balls liberally with a thick pinch of kosher salt, a good sprinkle of garlic powder, and a few cracks of pepper. You’ve always got the tomato and lettuce to mellow it out later! Ha. I go heavy on salt and garlic here. Bland ground turkey is BLEH.
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed pan to high heat. (I love my HUGE cast iron so I can fit several burgers at once.) Spray with a light mist of avocado oil spray and let it get nice and hot. Standing next to your stove, pick up a ball and carefully smash it as flat as you can in your hands, then throw it in the pan to sizzle, seasoned-side down. Repeat with as many burgers as can fit. Season the uncooked tops while they cook for about two to three minutes, then flip, add sliced cheese if using, and cook the other side for a couple of minutes.
  • To caramelize the onions, just add sliced onion to a hot pan, and spray with a mist of olive oil spray and sprinkle with kosher salt. Let it cook hot for a minute or two and then turn it down to medium and cook for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally until soft and sweet. If I’m in a hurry, I just cook hotter for more of a charred or grilled onion. Still good!
  • Make the sauce by simply stirring together your Greek yogurt (reduced fat mayo is great too for just a few more fat if you’d rather), pickle juice, relish, honey mustard, and ketchup. Set aside.
  • Spray buns with olive oil spray and toast on a skillet. Top the bottom bun with 2 Tbsp of the burger sauce, then build your burger! Cheesy turkey burger, caramelized onion, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Eat immediately! Duh.


Ground turkey: I used the organic Fulton Farms 93/7 lean ground turkey from Costco which is labeled at just 4.5 fat/4 oz. It’s my favorite.
Relish: If you hate sweet relish, or just only want to buy one jar of pickles, you can use dill relish or finely chop pickles! I just love the sweet factor. If you skip the sweet relish, you’ll save a little over 1 carb per serving.
Mustard: I love honey mustard and always have it on hand but feel free to use yellow mustard instead. The honey mustard only adds 1 carb to the whole recipe so it’s pretty much negligible either way.
Buns: My brioche buns are labeled at 3 fat and 23 carbs if you’d like to find a bun with similar or better macros. I also love to get large round Kaizer rolls from the bakery section of the grocery store, slice the bottom very thin and hollow out the top to save a few carbs. If you go this route, try and get your bread weight to 46 grams to match the 23 carbs. Don’t forget to pan-toast still!
Bacon: I use and love the precooked bacon from Costco. Makes it so easy to throw one piece on a meal to take it up a notch. It’s the only precooked bacon I’ve found that gets nice and crispy in the microwave. Not AS good as cooking your own. But good.
MFP Lillie Eats and Tells Bacon Cheeseburger with Special Sauce


Serving: 1Decked out BurgerFiber: 2gCalories: 402kcalFat: 15.3gProtein: 36.4gCarbohydrates: 29g
Keywords bacon, brioche, burgers, caramelized onion, cheeseburger, macro-friendly, secret sauce

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