With Father’s Day right around the corner, many of us are starting to plan the meals we’ll be preparing for Dad. When I think about my dad’s favourite food, I can’t help but think of the ultimate grill experience—burgers!

In my never-ending quest to jazz up grilled meat, I decided to combine two classics: Coca-Cola and bacon cheeseburgers. This resulted in slightly-sweetened and only mildly spicy candied bacon atop a gooey cheeseburger.

What’s great about the Coca-Cola glaze is that you can pair it with just about any other grill item like roasted corn on the cob, ribs, chicken and pulled pork. (I suggest making a big batch and keeping it stored in the refrigerator to have on hand all summer long.)

Coca-Cola Glazed Bacon Burgers

Serves 4

Ingredients

Quantity

Brown sugar, packed

1 ½ cups

Coca-Cola

1 cup

Bacon

450 g

Burger patties

4

Cheddar cheese, sliced

8

Burger buns

4

Cayenne pepper

A pinch

·       In a medium pot, simmer the brown sugar with the Coca-Cola and a pinch of cayenne pepper for approximately 30-45 minutes or until glaze begins to thicken (stir regularly)

·       Brush glaze onto each slice of raw bacon then cook bacon as you would normally

o   For maximum flavour, continue to baste bacon as it cooks

·       As the glazed bacon cools, it will become candied-like in texture

·       Prepare the burgers to taste adding cheese and your choice of toppings

About the Author

Amy Erickson is the voice behind Oh, Bite It. She creates fun and unique kitchen creations that are mostly all happy accidents. She is not a trained chef and doesn’t take food too seriously. She just finds it fun to keep things interesting in the kitchen.