Cheddar-Stuffed & Bacon-Wrapped Burgers
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds 80/20 ground chuck
  • 8-10 strips bacon, fat rendered
  • 8 ounces smoked cheddar, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushroom, chopped
  • 1 vidalia onion, sliced ¾-1"
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced ½"
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for sauteing onion and red peppers
  • Kosher salt & ground peppercorn, to taste
  • 4-8 toothpicks, soaked in water 30 minutes prior to use
Instructions
  1. In Large Skillet over Medium Heat, lay Bacon & Render Fat, but do NOT allow to cook through.
  2. Set aside over paper towel-covered plate to rest.
  3. In LARGE Bowl, by hand, combine Ground Chuck, Garlic, Worcestershire, & Salt/Pepper, to Taste.
  4. Do NOT overwork the burger.
  5. Prepare 8 evenly formed Burger Balls & press into ½-3/4" Patties.
  6. Using your thumb form a dimple into center of each Patty.
  7. In center of 4 Burger Patties place ¼ of Chopped Mushroom & Cheese.
  8. Cover each of the Mushroom / Cheese Burger Patties with the remaining 4 Burger Patties.
  9. Press the Edges of the Bottom & Top Patties together, forming 1 Burger Patty with the Mushroom & Cheese Stuffed Inside
  10. To wrap the Burgers, lay 2 strips of Bacon over prep-plate & form an "X" Shape with the Bacon.
  11. Place the Burger over the center of the crossed Bacon & Tightly pull the bacon up & around the side of the Burger.
  12. Using a toothpick, pin the ends of the Bacon in place to secure wrapping.
  13. Plate, Cover, & set in fridge for 30min, allowing Flavors to co-mingle & marinate.
  14. Pull meat & let warm back towards room temperature for ~15-20min.
  15. Pre-Heat Grill to Medium/HOT.
  16. Brush exterior of Burger Patties w/ Olive Oil & Season Liberally.
  17. Gently lay Burger over HOT Grates & Char on Side 1 ~3-5Min.
  18. Flip ONCE & Grill Side 2 ~4min (Medium Rare), ~6min (Medium), & ~8-10min (Medium Well).
  19. Remove from heat, pull toothpick, plate, cover with tin foil & rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
Recipe by "A Bachelor and His Grill" at http://abachelorandhisgrill.com/2012/10/cheese-stuffed-bacon-wrapped-burger/.html