Bacon & Beef Burger
1 ½ lb. Fresh Ground Chuck (no leaner than 85/15)
12 oz. Smoked Bacon (not cooked), ground (see note)
as needed Seasoned Salt
as needed Garlic Powder
as needed Onion Powder
as needed Black Pepper
6-8 slices Your Favorite Cheese
6-8 Buns, grilled (your choice)
as needed Condiments (your choice)
In a large bowl combine the beef and bacon not over mixing. Loosely form into 6 or 8 patties and refrigerate at least 1 hour before cooking. Be sure to make an indention in the center of each patty so they don't ball up on you during cooking. You can grill, fry in a pan, use a Panini grill or stove-top grill plate to cook the burgers. Top burgers with the cheese just before they are done to melt. Remember to grill or toast your buns before topping with the burger. Enjoy your favorite condiments with the burger.
Note: Ask the meat department where you buy the bacon to grind it for you. They should do this at no charge. If you don't want to do that, then just use your food processor to grind the bacon.
Note: You could use bacon pieces that come in a jar (Hormel makes these). The burger will still taste great but with not as much bacon flavor as using the raw ground bacon.
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