This is a HEARTY burger. We had these for dinner one night last week and all that was needed to complete the "meal" was a light green salad. The flavor combination is out of this world. So much nicer than a plain, ol' boring hamburger. The only difference was, I didn't fry ours on the stove. My Honey grilled them outside on our gas grill. We love the taste of grilled food and use ours year round, even here in MI.
1/4 pound bacon, chopped
1/2 cup minced red onions
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds ground chuck, 80/20 mix
1/2 pound Cheddar thinly sliced, about 8 slices
4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted (I buttered and grilled ours)
In a medium pan over medium to high heat, add bacon and onions, cook until the bacon is rendered but not crisp. Remove the bacon mixture to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool.
Divide ground chuck into 8 equal parts. Form into a loose ball, and create 4-inch patties. Layer 1 piece of cheese onto the center of 1 patty. Top with 1/4 bacon mixture, another slice of cheese, then add another patty on top and gently seal edges and form into a patty, about 4 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high. Repeat with the remaining patties to make a total of 4 large patties.
Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Place all 4 patties in the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on 1 side, then gently turn over and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and pop it in a 250 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
Optional: These can also be grilled on your gas or charcoal grill.