- 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.
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 doneness is reached, approximately 4 minutes each side for medium. Serve in buns with garnishes.
Alternative: In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sear the burgers 4 minutes on each side.