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Hodad's, Ocean Beach, CA - Best bacon cheeseburger as voted by Guy Fieri and CNN

Located on a San Diego beachside, Hodad's offers some of the West Coast's biggest hamburgers. According to Forbes Traveler, the most popular menu item, the double, weighs in at well over half a pound and is piled with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. Hodad's famously messy burgers come wrapped in wax paper, which owner Mike Hardin half-jokingly calls a "burger trough." Do as the locals do and order a double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a shake. Lesser appetites can order an "unburger"--all of the toppings, none of the burger.

In April 2009, CNN named Hodad's one of the "five tasty burger joints worth visiting" and Hodad's has also been featured on the Food Network, appearing on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in August 2008 and on The Best Thing I Ever Ate - Bacon in June 2009.

"They have a burger where they make a bacon patty that goes on top of the burger that is just ridiculous," said Fieri. It's his belief that all ingredients in a burger must co-exist and compliment one another for a great experience.

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Hodad's Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe

Yield: Makes 4 burgers


1¼ pounds lean bacon ends or thick-cut bacon (available at specialty butchers)
8 slices American cheese
1 1/3 pounds fresh ground beef chuck
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 (5-inch) hamburger buns
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
8 onion slices, about ¼ inch thick
8 dill pickle slices
8 tomato slices, about ¼ inch thick
1 cup shredded lettuce

To make Hodad's bacon: roughly chop the bacon. Put in a saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the bacon shreds easily, about 45 minutes. Drain. Chop the bacon fine and portion into 4 patties. Put the bacon patties on a hot griddle (or in a hot skillet) and cover with a griddle weight (or press repeatedly with a spatula). Cook until crisp. Flip over and cook until the second side is crisp as well. Remove the weight and place 2 slices of American cheese on each bacon patty.

Posted by Amanda, in General, Travel.

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