Starker's Bacon and Cheese Curd Burger
Recipe from Midwest Living

You can find the bacon and cheese inside these hamburgers instead of on top. Adults and kids love these flavorful burgers. Serve them at your next outdoor gathering.



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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 mins
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Ingredients
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    thick bacon slices
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    1/4  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    2   pounds 
    85 percent lean ground chuck or 90 percent lean ground sirloin
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    3/4  cup 
    cheese curds (preferably Shatto Dairy) or string cheese, chopped
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    Salt and ground black pepper
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    4   
    good quality hamburger buns
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    4  1/4 inch thick slices 
    ripe tomato (optional)
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    thin slices white onion (optional)
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    Iceberg lettuce leaves (optional)

Directions
1.
Place bacon slices on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Sprinkle each slice with brown sugar. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. When cool enough to handle, chop bacon; set aside.
2.
Divide beef into eight equal portions. Pat beef portions into patties approximately 4 inches in diameter and about 3/4-inch thick.
3.
Equally divide and place the bacon and 3 tablespoons of the cheese curds in the middle of four of the patties, leaving 1/2 inch around the edge of the patty. Top each with the remaining 4 patties. Pinch edges of top and bottom patties together to form one large burger patty. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
4.
Season burgers with salt and black pepper. For a charcoal grill, place the patties on the well-oiled rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10 minutes. Turn with a wide spatula and grill 10 to 12 minutes more, until meat is cooked and an instant-read thermometer inserted into patties registers 160 degrees F. Toast buns, cut side down, on grill during last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack and cover and grill as above.)
5.
To serve, place a cooked burger on bottom half of each bun. If you like, top each with tomato, onion, and lettuce. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 743, Fat, total (g) 41, chol. (mg) 166, sat. fat (g) 15, carb. (g) 35, Monosaturated fat (g) 18, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 17, pro. (g) 55, vit. A (IU) 0, vit. C (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0.27, Riboflavin (mg) 0.54, Niacin (mg) 12.24, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.86, Folate (g) 64.51, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 5.31, sodium (mg) 686, Potassium (mg) 737, calcium (mg) 111.06, iron (mg) 6.3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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