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  • 4 slices - bacon
  • 1/2 - small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves - garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds - ground chuck
  • 2 tablespoons - smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons - hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
  • - salt and pepper
  • 3 ounces - smoked cheddar, grated
  • 8 - hamburger buns
  • Directions:

    1. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon. Drain all but 1 Tbsp. fat from skillet and sauté onion until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer. Transfer to a plate and let cool completely.

    2. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, paprika, barbecue sauce and reserved bacon and onion. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Gently but thoroughly mix with fingers. Divide into 16 pieces. Form each piece into a 3-inch patty. Sprinkle cheese over 8 patties, cover each with one of remaining patties and press to seal.

    3. Preheat gas grill to medium (or light a charcoal fire and let burn to a gray ash). Brush grill with oil. Grill hamburgers until desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove patties and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes before serving on buns.

    Brief Description

    Smoky Cheddar pairs nicely with the barbecue sauce, but feel free to experiment. Provolone, blue cheese and mozzarella are all delicious options.

    Main Ingredient:

    ground beef

    Category:  Beef

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 12 min


    Amount per serving
    Calories: 426
    Fat: 17g
    Saturated fat: 6g
    Protein: 39g
    Carbohydrate: 26g
    Fiber: 1g
    Cholesterol: 114mg
    Sodium: 846mg


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    January 22, 2017

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