Nolan Ryan’s Grilled All American Burger

Nolan Ryan’s Grilled All American Burger

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes to chill the meat

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 8 burgers


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 4 lbs. of Goodstock ground chuck (80/20 meat-to-fat ratio)
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup Montreal steak seasoning
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 hamburger buns, toasted


Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

Cook the bacon on a baking sheet until crisp, about 15 minutes.  Drain off the fat and pat the bacon dry with paper towels.  Chop the bacon into very small (1/16-inch) pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, cheese, chopped bacon, seasoning and eggs with a large serving fork and spatula.  Finish mixing with your hands, but do not overmix.

Form the mixture into 8 patties and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  The patties should be no more than ¾-inch thick or they will take too long to cook.  Refrigerate the patties for 30 minutes to allow the seasoning to flavor the meat.

Preheat the grill or a grill pan to medium-high.  If using a grill, lightly oil the grill grates.

Cook the patties (in batched, if necessary) for 5 minutes per side or until done to your liking.

Serve the patties on toasted buns with favorite your condiments.