Chili Dog Bacon Cheeseburgers

Nutrition Info: Serves 4 (I used extra lean ground turkey to calculate NI. with 80% ground beef it’s about 550 calories and 36 grams of fat!)

Calories 374 | Total Fat 15.14g | Total Carbohydrate 25.43g |   Dietary Fiber 2.3g  | Protein 35.83g


  • 8 slices center cut or other lean, thick-cut, smoky bacon
  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 2 hot dogs, beef or pork, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon hot sauce, eyeball it, divided
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • Vegetable oil, for drizzling
  • 4 slices deli sliced Cheddar
  • 1 sack (16 to18 ounces) crispy style frozen potato  fries
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chives, a handful
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


Preheat broiler to high.

Place bacon on slotted broiler pan. Cook bacon 10 inches from the heat and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side until crisp then adjust oven to bake setting for temperature recommended on fries packaging.

While bacon cooks, make the burgers. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Mix beef with diced dogs, chili powder, grill seasoning, Worcestershire, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce and ketchup. Form 4 large patties. Add a drizzle of oil, 1 turn of the pan and add the patties. Cook burgers 6 minutes on each side, then top with 2 slices bacon and 1 slice of cheddar, each. Turn pan off, cover with loose foil tent and let cheese melt, 1 to 2 minutes.

While the burgers cook, add fries to oven and cook until extra-crisp. Remove from oven. Place butter, 1 tablespoon hot sauce and garlic in a small dish and microwave on high 20 seconds then transfer fries to a large bowl. Toss fries with  garlic -hot sauce butter and chives and season with salt, to taste.

Slather chili sauce on the tops of split keiser rolls. Place bacon chili-cheese burgers on bun bottoms and top each burger with lettuce, cilantro, and lime juice. Set bun tops in place. Pile fries alongside and serve.


Usually when it comes to Rachel Ray recipes, I’m skeptical. I’ve tried a few of her recipes and could not get them done in 30 minutes. Surprise, Surprise. She has some pretty decent burger recipes, like this one. Another burger recipe we’ve tried is her thanksgiving turkey burger. She’s always stating on her show, that she’s the queen of burgers and yeah, she can claim that title with this burger.

The first time I tried making this I used a non stick frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. Ben was telling me that you don’t even need olive oil when cooking burgers. No wonder why they turned out so greasy. Cooking meat intimidates me sometimes. Ben is better at then I am. I’ll ask him if he thinks the meat looks done or not. The second time, we made these on the grill outside. It hit 43 degrees today, and burgers on the charcoal grill sounded good. These burgers are so MUCH better on the grill. I like the chili powder and hot dogs in these burgers. Thanks Rachel Ray for the good chili burger. We served these with some fresh cut oven roasted french fries.

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  1. jgisvold says

    Hi Kathy, It probably is! You could use lean ground turkey with turkey dogs instead of beef and full fat hot dogs. That would lower the points a lot!

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