Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

There is nothing I like better than juicy burgers, especially baby burgers. I developed a simple Cajun seasoning mix that is mixed right into the burgers. Pepperjack cheese, tomatoes and bacon are piled on top with Ranch dressing spread on warm toasted buns.

Wait until you try this one, it’s delicious!

I am on my way probably as you are reading this to Atlanta for the BlogHer Food Conference. I am looking forward to speaking on a panel about Picky Eaters. Should be fun. I’ll be sure to snap lots of pictures to share soon!

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Start with your ground beef.


Here is my simple Cajun seasoning mix that consists of Smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.


Take 1 teaspoon of the mix and add it to the beef.


Add 1 teaspoon of hot sauce such as Siracha or Tabasco.


1 teaspoon minced garlic


Give it a good mix, I prefer using my hands.


Form into 8 equal size patties.


Cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side and top with cheese.


Toast the buns in the same skillet until browned.


I love these mini hamburger buns from Trader Joes, however any dinner roll of choice will do.


Set out all of your toppings so you can quickly assemble your burgers.


Spread buns with Ranch dressing. Can’t wait to share my Homemade Ranch in my upcoming cookbook!


Layer buns with arugula, burger, tomato, bacon, and top roll.


Here you have my Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers.


It’s more than helpful to use a pick to hold these together 🙂



Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Cajun Seasoning

1 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried Oregano


1 pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning

1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Siracha or Tabasco

2 slices pepperjack cheese, quartered (8 pieces)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

8 mini hamburger buns or dinner rolls, split

1/4 cup prepared Ranch dressing (My homemade recipe coming in the cookbook, yay)

16 arugula leaves or lettuce of choice

8 Roma tomato slices

4 cooked, crisp bacon slices

1. Place all Cajun seasonings into a bowl, mix to combine.

2. Place beef, seasoning, hot sauce, and garlic into a large bowl and mix until just combined. I prefer to combine the beef with my hands. Form the mixture into 8 equal size patties.

3. Place oil into a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, place patties into hot skillet and cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place a quarter of cheese on top of each burger to melt.

4. Place rolls, split side down into same skillet until toasted, about 1 minute.

5. Spread dressing onto insides of warm toasted rolls. Layer bottom roll with arugula leaves, a burger, a tomato slice and a bacon slice cut in half. Close with top roll. I placed a pick inside each burger to hold them together. These babies are tall.

Makes 8 servings



Have a great rest of your week! Come back soon 🙂

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56 Responses
  1. Those look EVIL. I think ranch and bacon on a burger is to die for. My husband made a burger a few weeks ago that called for putting the meat in the freezer for a short time before forming. He says it worked like a charm.

  2. Oh my gosh, I wonder if we have those mini buns at my local Trader Joe’s! I can never find anything like that! These burgers look amazing and like so much fun. Also, I’m SOOO disappointed we didn’t get to meet at BlogHer ๐Ÿ™

  3. LOL..I just had to laugh at that last in the world did you get those babies to stay like that? I searched all through the photo for a tiny kids finger holding them up from the back…but no finger in sight!!! LOL they look delish!!!

  4. Mamie

    Do you know if there is any dairy/ milk ingredient in the trader joe’s buns? My son has an allergy and our nearest trader joe’s is an our away.

  5. Michelle M

    These are so delicious looking! Unfortunately, I have looked at our TJ’s for these buns and the people who work there have NO idea what I am talking about! Maybe it’s a regional thing for them? Not sure- but we are in Seattle and they are nowhere to be found here!

  6. your little burgers are adorable and I saw Amanda post a picture of you on her twitter of you giving your talk at looked great. Can’t wait to hear all about it! I know there were sooo many tweets and I’m sure posts of things that I’ve missed but I hope you had a blast and you looked like a natural speaking to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’m sitting at work this morning viewing this wonderful post salivating. I’m going to try these this memorial day weekend I think, though I’ll toss them on the grill. Thanks for another wonderful recipe Jenny! Can’t wait to hear about that home made ranch dressing.

    1. Thanks Lori! Yah, wasn’t thrilled with the ones we had in ATL, however we had plenty other good food to compensate, lol!

  8. Well, if you’re going to stack a burger like that, it’s probably best to keep it baby size. I still don’t know how I’d get my mouth around the height of that though, I may need a knife and fork.

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