Bacon-Stuffed Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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Ingredients

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 pound ground beef chuck 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill pan

4 large sweet Hawaiian buns, such as King's Hawaiian, split

Directions

  1. Combine the cheese and bacon in a bowl.
  2. Put the ground chuck in another bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper; mix with a rubber spatula. Flatten a quarter of the meat mixture in the palm of your hand. Squeeze together about a tablespoon of the cheese and bacon mixture to make a little nugget; place in the center of the patty. Bring up the sides of the patty over the filling, making sure the cheese is completely covered; flatten slightly to shape. Repeat with the remaining meat and filling. Set the patties side-by-side on a platter and refrigerate while preparing the grill.
  3. Place a large grill pan covering two burners over medium-high heat, or preheat an outdoor barbecue until very hot. Brush the grates with oil. Grill the burgers for 8 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a clean plate.
  4. Rub the grill grates with more oil. Grill the buns cut-side down for 1 minute to toast.
  5. Serve the burgers with your favorite condiments and garnishes.