Recipe courtesy of Ian Knauer

Double-Stacked Juicy Lucy Burgers

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese

8 slices bacon

3 pounds ground beef chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat or oil

4 hamburger rolls, split

Lettuce leaves, for serving

Tomato slices, for serving

Onion slices, for serving

Ketchup, for serving

Mustard, for serving

Directions

Special equipment:
a 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter
  1. Cut the Cheddar into 8 (1/4-inch-thick by 11/2-inch-wide) slices. Cook the bacon in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat, turning until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel to drain. Reserve the skillet and 2 tablespoons bacon fat.
  2. Turn the beef out onto a sheet of waxed paper and divide into 16 (3-ounce or generous 1/3 cup) mounds. Press 1 mound into a 3 1/2-inch patty (using the cookie cutter as a guide) and top with some cheese, then put a second mound of beef on top, patting it onto other patty to enclose the cheese. Pinch the edges together to seal and shape into a single patty. Make 7 more burgers in the same manner, then generously season the burgers with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the reserved bacon fat or oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat until hot. Cook the burgers in 2 batches, covered, turning once, about 8 minutes for medium.
  4. Put 2 burgers on the bottom portion of each bun and top with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mustard, if desired. Serve.