Shake Shack has long offered a sort of bacon cheeseburger with the SmokeShack (topped with bacon, cherry peppers, and Shack Sauce), but in just a couple of weeks, the ever-expanding better-burger empire will finally start serving up a true bacon cheeseburger. And it's as simple as a bacon cheeseburger should be.
Shake Shack describes the new burger, fittingly called the Bacon CheddarShack, as a regular beef hamburger that's simply topped with Niman Ranch bacon and Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese sauce, according to a spokesman reached via email. Yes, you read that correctly, folks: cheddar cheese sauce. On a burger. With bacon. Well, damn.
In case the words "cheese sauce" aren't enough to convince you, here's how Mark Rosati, Shake Shack's culinary director, described the stuff in a report by Food & Wine: "We wanted to bring a sharp, punchy note to the sauce while also keeping that creamy richness. Cheddar has that sharpness and richness, and the three-year aged Wisconsin has a lot of power, but the American cheese gives it that creaminess."