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6 slices bacon, diced

6-8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, diced in 1/4-inch pieces

1 1/2 lb. ground beef (20% fat) 1 Tbsp. Worcesters­hire sauce

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

4 hamburger buns (we like brioche)

1-2 tablespoon­s butter, softened (optional)

Serves 4.

If using a grill, preheat it for direct, medium-high heat (at least 400°F).

Spread bacon in a nonstick skillet. Bring heat to medium, and cook bacon until it’s beginning to brown and almost crispy. Transfer to a paper towel on a plate to drain, and chop into pieces once cool. Remove skillet from heat. If you’re pan-grilling the burgers, set pan aside—do not wash.

In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with Worcesters­hire sauce, salt and pepper. Add the bacon and cheese pieces. Mix by hand and form four equal-size patties, about 1 inch thick. Make a small indent with your thumb in each patty to prevent burgers from bulging as they cook.

Grill: Brush grill grates with a little vegetable oil. Place patties on the grill and cover for 4 minutes. Flip burgers and grill for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare. If desired, top with cheese slices just before burgers are done; close lid until cheese melts. Remove to a plate and let rest.

Stovetop: Use a paper towel to wipe excess bacon grease from skillet, leaving a thin coating. Over medium-high heat, cook burgers for about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Add extra cheese as above if desired; briefly cover pan until cheese melts.

Butter the cut sides of the buns and grill briefly before plating. Add your favorite toppings. Serve with potato chips.

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