The Ultimate Burger


  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1 cup white bread, 1/2" cubes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • vegetable oil for grill


  • Fry bacon until crisp. Reserve 3 tablespoons bacon fat and place in frig to cool.
  • Add milk to bread in bowl and allow to sit about 5 minutes until saturated. Mash the mixture with a fork until it turns to a smooth paste.
  • Break up the beef into small pieces in a bowl. Season with s/p and add garlic, bread and reserved bacon fat. Lightly knead with hands until cohesive mass. Divide into 4 equal pieces. Using hands toss each portion of meat back and forth to form loose ball, then gently flatten into a 3/4" patty.
  • Oil cooking grill and grill over very hot fire (don't press down) and sear well on both sides for 7-10 minutes. Serve, topped with bacon.


  • Source:
  • "Adapted from "Cook's Country""

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