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Sunny Anderson's Bacon, Onion and Cheese-Stuffed Burger Recipe

Serves 4

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 4 burger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, pickles for garnish
PREPARATION

Preheat grill to medium.

In a bowl, combine beef, garlic, hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste, being careful not to overmix. Warm a skillet over medium heat and fry bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Keep heat on skillet and fry a pinch of the beef in the bacon fat to test seasoning. Adjust seasoning, if needed, then form 8 even, thin patties, about 1/2-inch thick and set aside.

Saut onions in bacon fat in skillet until tender, 5 minutes. Place onions and bacon in a bowl with cheese. Form a spoonful of bacon-cheese mixture into a ball, then place in the center of 4 patties. Top each with another patty and seal the edges.

Grill burgers over medium-high heat, flipping once until desired doneness is reached, or sear in a medium skillet over medium-high heat approximately 4 minutes each side for medium. Serve in buns with garnishes.

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