- 2 lbs ground beef (makes 5 burgers)
- Salt and pepper
- 8 strips bacon
- Lemon pepper
- Goat cheese (Any cheese is fine, but we are big fans of goat cheese on burgers)
- Preheat your oven to 400°. Lay your bacon out on a foil-lined sheet pan and coat liberally with the lemon pepper. Bake for around 15-18 minutes to your preferred level of crispiness. When done, cut the strips in half so they fit better on the burger.
- Form your beef into approximately 6 oz patties. You can just estimate on the size. You want the patties to be as even of a thickness as possible to ensure even cooking. The best way to do this is to use your thumb to push on the edges of the patty as you’re flattening it, so you get a perfect disc. Then you want to take two fingers and push into the middle of the patty a few times, because when it hits the heat, it’s going to swell in the middle, and this is another layer of helping the patty stay even thickness throughout the cooking process. When you’re getting the size of the patty, you want it to be a little bigger than the size of your buns because it’s going to shrink down to the perfect fit. Place the patties each on separate small sheets of foil and let them rest for a few minutes before you start cooking.
- When you’re ready to start cooking, heat up a cast iron pan on high heat. Add approximately a tablespoon of oil. Season one side of the patty with just salt and pepper and then use the foil to place the patty in the center of the pan seasoned side down, lightly pushing it down to ensure it’s evenly pressed into the pan. Season the other side of the patty at this point.
- Allow the patty to cook for 4-5 minutes depending on your preferred level of doneness and then flip it over. As soon as you flip the patty, top with your choice of cheese and 3 of the half strips of bacon and allow the patty to cook for another 4-minutes on this side. If you like your buns toasted, you can throw them in the pan next to the patty to get this done.
- When it comes to assembly, I like to top the burger with an over easy fried egg. The runny yolk adds an amazing richness to the burger that just can’t be beat, but you can use any toppings of your choice.
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