Ultimate Steakhouse Burger
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!
Printed from thegalleygourmet.net
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