The Burger

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The Burger

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the-burger
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 30 Min.
Total Time: 45 Min.
Yield: 3

It’s Grilling Time! – The Burger

It’s Time For Some Outdoor Grilling! – This is my go to recipe for burgers almost every time.

My favorite hamburger is a true delight for the senses, featuring a mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures that set it apart from the ordinary. The carefully crafted blend of ingredients and the unique cooking process contribute to the creation of a burger that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Starting with the bacon, its savory essence is captured through a meticulous cooking process in a skillet, achieving that perfect balance of crispiness without losing its succulence. The bacon drippings are then harnessed to infuse additional richness and depth into the ground beef mixture, creating a base that promises a symphony of flavors.

The addition of dry bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, and freshly ground black pepper adds a touch of texture and a subtle kick, elevating the overall taste profile. The genius move of incorporating shredded Colby-Jack cheese into the patty ensures a gooey, cheesy surprise in every bite. The thin, stuffed patties are then briefly chilled, allowing the flavors to meld and intensify before hitting the grill.

The grilling process is an art in itself, with the burgers carefully placed on a preheated outdoor grill. The controlled heat, aided by a touch of cooking spray, results in a beautiful char on the outside while ensuring the cheese inside melts to perfection. The addition of partially-cooked bacon slices during grilling introduces a smoky, savory element that intertwines seamlessly with the rest of the flavors.

In the final moments of grilling, each burger is crowned with a slice of Colby-Jack cheese, which melts over the patty like a luscious blanket. As the burgers rest, the cheese sets, providing a velvety finish. The assembly is a work of art, with fresh tomato and avocado slices enhancing the visual appeal and adding a refreshing contrast to the richness of the burger.

Served on a split hamburger bun, this culinary masterpiece is not just a meal but an experience—an explosion of flavors and textures that showcases the artistry behind your favorite hamburger.

*Editor’s Note: This burger is extremely delicious, but highly flammable and should be watched carefully while grilling for ‘flare-ups’.

 

Ingredients:
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese, or more to taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 slices Colby-Jack cheese (optional)
  • 2 thin tomato slices
  • 2 slices avocado
  • 3 hamburger buns, split

 

Directions:
  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned but not totally crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Retain 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  2. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and retained bacon drippings in a bowl until thoroughly combined; divide meat mixture into 6 equal portions. Form each portion into a large patty, making them as thin as possible. Sprinkle shredded Colby-Jack cheese onto 2 of the patties, leaving an edge about 3/4 inch wide uncovered. Place second patty onto the cheese and press the edges of the patties together to create 3 cheese-stuffed burgers. Place stuffed patties into freezer to chill slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  4. Spray the grill grate with cooking spray and place burgers onto grill; turn heat to low, place lid over grill, and cook until outsides of burgers are lightly charred and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes per side. Maintain grill temperature at about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Use a spray bottle of water to control flames; flames should just lightly contact the bottoms of the burgers to create a slight char. After the first flip, place 3 partially-cooked bacon slices onto each burger.
  5. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place a Colby-Jack cheese slice onto each burger; top with tomato and avocado slices and transfer burgers to plate to rest for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve burgers on hamburger buns.

 

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