The 21-year-old striker gave Boro the lead after just five minutes when he headed Albert Adomah’s low cross past John Ruddy in the Norwich net, before going on to cause the opposition defence constant problems until being substituted with 15 minutes left.
Grant Leadbitter also scored either side of the break, the first from a spot-kick, before Yanic Wildschut netted their fourth with five minutes to go to seal all three points.
Having lost just once in their past 11 league games, manager Aitor Karanka was delighted with another solid outing, and believes thing are now shaping up well for a promotion push.
‘We have very good players and a very good squad. We are in a very good way but these kind of games cannot confuse us into thinking everything is done,’ he told the BBC.
‘I am very happy and very pleased but we want to keep our feet on the ground. We would like to be in this position in May.’
Arriving in late-August from the Blues on loan until January 1, Bamford endured a slow start to life on Teesside, but goals in consecutive games have now increased his season total to four in 11 appearances.
The England Under-21 international had hoped to be a part of first-team plans at Stamford Bridge this term until the return of Didier Drogba but, judging by the reaction, Boro fans are certainly pleased to have him on board for the time being.
@patrick_bamford Very cold night but yous made it worth it with the goals kept us warm, onto saturday now get us top of league— Adam Elgey (@adamelgey1) November 5, 2014
@Patrick_Bamford I knew you'd start scoring goals hope you get good run in team now. Team spirit seems fantastic from what I read anyway.— Lee Taylor (@lleetaylor4life) November 4, 2014
SUPER PATRICK BAMFORD— David Pottinger (@DavidJPottinger) November 4, 2014