The Ultimate Hamburger

Get ground beef that is 85 – 90 percent lean.

Has Kim tried this? No

8 strips bacon

1-2 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1/4 c milk

1.5 lbs ground beef

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp 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 tbsp 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 3/4 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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