Bacon Baked Bean Smashburger

Everyone loves a good burger and this one is as delicious as it is messy. It’s loaded with a smashed patty, topped with perfectly melted cheese, crispy streaky bacon and baked beans, which might seem like a rogue addition but I promise it works!

  • Author: zenak
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 8 smoked bacon rashers
  • 500g beef mince
  • 4 slices mature cheddar cheese
  • 1 x 400g can Branston Baked Beans
  • 4 burger buns, toasted

To serve (optional toppings):

  • little gem lettuce
  • tomato slices
  • red onion slices


  1. Arrange the bacon in a single layer in a cold large non-stick frying pan. Set the pan over a medium heat and cook until golden and crisp on the bottom. Flip and cook until golden and crisp on the other side, then transfer to a kitchen towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. Divide the beef mince into 4 balls and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add a splash of vegetable oil and two of the mince balls. Top each ball with a square of greaseproof paper and smash down with a spatula or something heavy to flatten.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes then flip and top each patty with a slice of cheese. Cover the pan to melt the cheese, then transfer to a plate to rest. Repeat with the remaining mince balls and cheese slices.
  5. Pour the baked beans into a small saucepan set over a medium heat and bring to a bare simmer, stirring frequently.
  6. To assemble, top the toasted bottom burger bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion, then add the cheesy patty and bacon. Top with a generous ladleful of baked beans and finish with the top bun, then serve and enjoy.

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