The "Perfect" Backyard Bacon Cheese Burger
 
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The "Perfect" Backyard Bacon Cheese Burger
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5
Ingredients
For the Burger:
  • A little bit over 2 LBS (32.5 ounces if you want to be exact) of 80/20 ground beef (preferably chuck).
For the Burger Grill Seasoning:
  • 2 TBL spoons Kosher salt
  • 1 TBL spoon fresh ground pepper
For the Condiments:
  • 1 Large ripe tomato (should be soft to the touch but slightly firm - not over ripe).
  • A head of Iceberg lettuce (or your favorite variety if your not a big fan of Iceberg)
  • 1 Medium size red onion
  • Pickles of your choice sliced (I prefer a garlic style or kosher dill pickle as the sweet or bread & butter pickles add a different taste than what I prefer).
For the Bun:
  • 5 Large sesame buns
For the Burger Sauce:
For the Bacon:
  • 10 Slices thick cut hickory smoked bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a ¼ or ½ sheet pan with foil and place 10 pieces of bacon in one layer on sheet pan, place sheet pan in oven on middle rack for approximately 17 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved without burning, remove bacon from sheet pan and place on paper towel lined plate to drain, set aside.
  2. Using a scale divide the ground beef equally to form 5 equal 6.5 ounce balls (+ or - but try to be as close as possible), using parchment paper press each ball of ground beef until 1.4 inch thick and of consistent thickness, place pressed patties on a separate plate and set aside or wrap and put in fridge.
  3. If using a charcoal grill set up a chimney and light your coals (if using a cast iron grill pan or gas grill skip this step).
  4. While coals are lighting (if using a charcoal grill) prepare your condiments by washings the Iceberg lettuce in a colander and chopping into thin ribbons, wash the tomato and slice into thin slices, slice pickles into thin slices, slice red onion into think slices, place all condiments on a serving plate for folks to pick from to build their burger.
  5. If using a charcoal grill check the readiness of the coals and dump them into a hot zone/ safe zone configuration (check out my How to Light a Charcoal Grill for more information), if using a gas grill set grill light grill and set to high, close lid till ready to cook to heat up the grill grate till you are ready to cook (if using an indoor skillet skip this step).
  6. Prepare Mamma's Burger and Fries Sauce and set aside.
  7. If using a charcoal or gas grill wipe the grill grates with canola oil soaked paper towels using tongs and place burgers on hot side until juices appear (about 4 minutes), flip burgers till juices appear (about 4 minutes) and then move to safe side of grill. If using an indoor cast iron skillet follow the same directions but time will vary.
  8. Once burgers are on the safe side of the grill add 2 slices cheese to each burger and close lid for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. If using a skillet cover skillet with loose foil to melt cheese.
  9. Remove burgers to a plate and set aside to rest, using about half a tablespoon of Mamma's Burger and Fries Sauce coat each bun top and bottom, Place burger on bun and top with pickle, then tomato, then lettuce and cover with top of bun.
  10. Serve with some Homemade Fries and a pickle wedge, ENJOY!
Recipe by Mamma Rocks the Kitchen at http://www.mammarocksthekitchen.com/the-perfect-backyard-bacon-cheese-burger/