4 slices cooked thick-cut bacon, crumbled or chopped
1 1/3 pounds 80 percent lean ground chuck (see Cook?s Note)
4 to 8 ounces aged white Cheddar or 8 slices white American cheese, shredded or crumbled
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Safflower oil, for the skillet
4 sesame seed or brioche hamburger buns, split
Your favorite burger condiments and toppings, such as caramelized onions, dill pickle chips, Dijon mustard and barbecue sauce, such as Stubbs Bar-B-Q Sauce
My preferred ground beef blend is grass-fed, grain-finished beef that’s 85 percent lean ground chuck and 90 percent lean ground sirloin.