We decided to pre-cook our bacon most the way through. I didn't want to run the risk the bacon didn't cook all the way while coated in the ground beef. We opted to bake ours in the oven if you haven't done this before a bit of warning your house will instantly smell like bacon. We were salivating during the ten minutes it was in the oven (350 degrees) and we were prepping up our veggies!!! Make sure when you pull the bacon out you turn on the bbq and use a nonstick spray on the racks.