Celebrate Father’s Day with This Month’s Recipe: Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Father’s Day is a great time to gather the whole family and enjoy a great backyard get-together. And a recipe with a fresh spin on the traditional cheeseburger is something the whole family will enjoy!

These delicious – and adorable – mini-cheeseburgers pull out all the stops for Dad with crisp-cooked bacon, homemade Cajun seasoning and a creamy, ranch dressing drizzle. Pair these burgers with your favorite sides and drinks and celebrate a great time!


Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco
  • 2 slices pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 mini hamburger buns or dinner rolls, split
  • 1/4 c. prepared ranch dressing
  • 16 arugula leaves or lettuce of choice
  • 8 Roma tomato slices
  • 4 crisp-cooked bacon slices


  1. Place all Cajun seasonings in a bowl and mix.
  2. Place beef, seasoning, hot sauce, and garlic in a large bowl and mix. Form the mixture into 8 equal-size patties.
  3. Pour oil into a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, place patties in a hot skillet and cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  4. Quarter the two slices of cheese to make 8 slices and place a slice on top of each burger to melt.
  5. Place rolls, split side down, in the same skillet and cook until toasted, or about 1 minute.
  6. Spread the dressing onto the insides of the warm toasted rolls. Layer the bottom roll with the lettuce of your choice (arugula is our favorite!), a burger, a tomato slice and a bacon slice cut in half. Close with top roll.
  7. These burgers are tall – so be sure to place a pick in each to hold them together.

Makes 8 servings.

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