- 8 slices bacon
- 16 ounces ground beef
- pinch of smoked paprika
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 8 ounces pimento cheese
- 8 leaves romaine lettuce
- 1 tomato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
Cook bacon either in a pan on the stove to preference, or in the oven at 375F for around 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on the bacon so it is cooked to your preference. Use the bacon grease to cook the burger.
Preheat a grill to high. Form 4 ounce (113 grams) patties, flatten evenly to your preference. The thinner they are, the quicker and more evenly they will cook. Dust each side with the spices. Cook to preference. 3 minutes each side undisturbed is a good start for medium rare. Take a peak inside the burger with a knife to help gauge how done it is. Or use a thermometer and once it hits 160F/ 71C it is minimally cooked. The firmer it is, the more done it is. This is just a starting point. Feel free to cook more or less, to your preference. Grilling can get you a nice char on the outside, and if you use coals/smoker, you can get a great flavor to your meat. Let the burgers rest a bit before dressing and serving to seal the juices inside.
Place each burger on top of one leaf of romaine lettuce or wrap them with the lettuce to provide more of a lettuce wrap. Place one tomato slice, 2 ounces of the pimento cheese, and two slices of bacon per each burger. Enjoy!
Alternative method: Stove top.
Turn burner to medium high heat. Season patties with spices. Cook patties in a well seasoned cast iron pan and you won't need any oil/butter as the meat will cook in its own fat. First sear the patties on medium-high to high heat, and then turn the heat down and cook to your preference. Check and make sure the patties reach an internal temp of 160F/ 71C. Let the burgers rest before dressing and serving to seal the juices inside.
Alternative method: Oven
Cooking burgers in the oven makes for a juicer product. Preheat oven to 400F/ 200C/ Gas Mark 6 and put a layer of aluminum on a baking sheet (preferably one with edges to catch the juices from the meat). Season the burgers with the spices. Place an oven safe wire rack on top of the baking sheet, and cook the burgers on the rack for 10-15 minutes, until a thermometer registers 160F/71C. You don't have to turn the burgers if they are baking on the rack. Let the burgers rest a bit before dressing and serving to seal the juices inside.
Alternative method: Pressure Cooker
Follow the directions for your particular pressure cooker. Season the burgers with the spices. Sear the burgers by browning them either in the pressure cooker, or on the stove in a pan preheat on high. Then place the burger patties in a steamer insert in the pressure cooker and pour half a cup of water in the bottom (or the minimum liquid needed for your pressure cooker). Close securely, and cook on high for around 5 minutes. Verify that the patties are done by checking their internal temperature for 160F/71C. Let the burgers rest before dressing and serving to seal the juices inside .