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Burger Recipes

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The Ultimate Hamburger

Recipe from: Kim

8 strips bacon
1 to 2 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into ½ inch pieces
¼ cup milk
1 ½ pounds 85 to 90% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 large garlic cloves, minced finely
Vegetable oil for grill rack

Fry bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to plate lined with paper towels. Spoon 3 tablespoon bacon fat into heatproof bowl and place in refrigerator while preparing other ingredients.

Place bread in small bowl, add milk, and let mixture sit until saturated, about 5 minutes. Using fork, mash bread and milk until it forms smooth paste. Break up beef into small pieces in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then add garlic, bread paste, and reserved bacon fat. Using fork or hands, lightly knead together so that ingredients are well incorporated and mixture forms cohesive mass. Divide meat into 4 equal portions. Form sections into ¾ inch thick patties.

Oil cooking grate and grill burgers over very hot fire, without pressing down on them, until well seared on both sides, 7 to 10 minutes. Serve, topped with bacon, if desired.

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