Ultimate Steakhouse Burger

serves 4

8 strips of bacon

1 to 2 slices of white sandwich bread, crust removed and torn into 1/2-inch pieces  (about 1 cup)

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 pounds ground beef 85-90% lean

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 large garlic cloves, grated on a microplane

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until it is browned and crisp, about 8 minutes.  Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain; set aside.  Spoon 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat into a bowl; set aside to cool.

Place the bread in a small bowl, add milk, and let the mixture sit until saturated, about 5 minutes.  Using a fork, mash the mixture until it forms a smooth paste.  Break the beef up into small pieces in a medium bowl.  Season with salt and pepper, than add the garlic, bread paste, and reserved bacon fat. Using a fork or hands, lightly knead the mixture until it is well incorporated and forms a cohesive mass.  Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and form into 3/4-inch thick patty.  Using a finger, make several dimples onto one side of each patty.  This prevents the patty from doming once cooked.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill with a hot fire.  Grill the burgers (without pressing down!) until they are well seared on each side, about 7-10 minutes total.  Serve topped with remaining bacon, if desired.  Enjoy!

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