Bacon on burgers and sandwiches is truly a wonderful thing, though not when it slides out and lands on your plate. Or, even worse—the floor.
There are ways to prevent bacon strips from slipping out, like holding your burger a certain way, preparing veggies correctly, or hollowing out the bread, but then we discovered the bacon weave, which is perhaps the most genius bacon hack on planet Earth.
The bacon weave allows you to achieve bacon in every bite while simultaneously ensuring that your bacon will not run away and land astray somewhere it does not belong (i.e., anywhere other than your mouth).
So, let's cut to the chase and get you weaving. Feel free to follow along with our video or with the detailed steps and pictures below!
Using a sharp knife, stack your bacon on a cutting board and give it a good slice horizontally right down the middle to split all of the strips in half.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay three bacon halves down, parallel and as close to one another as possible. Then, take the end of the middle piece of bacon and fold it in to the middle.
Place a half strip of bacon across, resting it on the outer two bacon pieces and fold the middle piece back down over it.
Fold the second and third pieces of bacon over the piece you just laid, for a moment, in order to place the second piece of bacon horizontally.
Place the second bacon strip across the vertical middle piece, then fold the outer two pieces back down over it.
Fold the middle piece of bacon in, for the last time, and place the third bacon strip across. Fold that vertical middle bacon strip back over for the last time and you're all set.
Bake your bacon for 20 minutes at 400ºF. It should come out slightly crisp and quite lovely-looking. And trust us, it will taste even better on a sandwich.
When ready, add your bacon weave(s) to your sandwiches or burgers. Our favorite way to use it? On the classic BLT sandwich: toasted sourdough bread with mayo, thick slices of juicy tomato, crunchy lettuce, and some fresh black pepper.
We get bacon with every bite of the sandwich. To us, there's nothing better. It may take more time to prepare, but it'll be way more satisfying in the end.
Bon voyage and best of luck, bacon lovers!