Oct. 29, 2008 -- Fresh off his all-American road-tripping odyssey to research for his new book, "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," Food Network star Guy Fieri stopped by "Good Morning America" to share some of the best recipes from across the nation.
Today, Fieri shared four great dishes straight out of Americana (click on the recipe you'd like to see):
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Hodad's Bacon Cheeseburger
Yield: Makes 4 burgers
1¼ pounds lean bacon ends or thick-cut bacon (available at specialty butchers)
8 slices American cheese
11/3 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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. To make the burgers: Season the beef with salt and pepper and form into 4 patties. Heat a griddle or a large skillet. Cook the burgers to the desired degree of doneness.
4. Toast the buns, opened and cut side down, on the griddle. Slather 2 teaspoons mayonnaise on each of the bottom buns. Then smear 2 teaspoons mustard on top. Grab 2 onion slices and build an onion tower on each bun. Top the onions with a squirt of ketchup (this takes their harshness away). Place 2 pickle slices on the top of the tower. Next, put 2 tomato slices, then top the bottom bun off with a handful of shredded lettuce.
5. Place the cheese-topped bacon patties on the burgers and cover each with a bun. Set the whole thing on top of the prepped bottom buns. Wrap those suckers in a piece of paper and get to eating!
Recipe courtesy Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, 2009. Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Hodad's.