1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
4 burger buns
Lettuce, tomato, pickles for garnish
Preheat grill to medium. Cook on rangetop if you want!
In a bowl combine beef, garlic, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste, being careful not to over mix.
Warm a skillet over medium heat and fry bacon until crispy.
Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Keep heat on skillet and fry a pinch of the beef in the bacon fat to test seasoning.
Adjust seasoning, if needed, then form 8 even thin patties, about 1/2-inch thick and set aside.
Saute onions in bacon fat in skillet until tender, 5 minutes.
Place onions and bacon in a bowl with cheese.
Form a spoonful of bacon-cheese mixture into a ball, then place in the center of 4 patties.
Top each with another patty and seal the edges.
Grill burgers over medium-high heat, flipping once until desired done-ness is reached, approximately 4 minutes each side for medium.
Serve on buns with garnishes.
Alternative: In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sear the burgers 4 minutes on each side.
Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson, 2009
Note from Ellen;
you can add or have instead;
pork n beans
mac and cheese
only your imagination will stop you!!!!!