There are many ways to make a bacon cheeseburger but this one, from former SAVEUR editor Colman Andrews, is one of our favorites. Tamari, which is aged soy sauce without added wheat, is available in Asian markets and many supermarkets. Lightly crusty, oval Portuguese rolls are sold mostly on the East Coast; if they're unavailable, other rolls may be substituted.
- 8 slices bacon
- 2 lb. ground beef or chuck
- 4 tsp. tamari
- 4 tsp. lemon juice
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 tbsp. grated white cheddar cheese
- 4 Portuguese roll or other crusty white roll, split
- 8 leaves iceberg lettuce (optional)
Variation: This recipe can also be prepared using an outdoor grill. Prepare grill for direct heat and preheat. Fry bacon in a medium skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, and set aside. Shape and season meat as described in step 2 above. Sear patties, salt side down over hot coals, until bottom is well browned. Flip patties, spoon 1 tsp. tamari and 1 tsp. lemon juice on top of each patty, generously season with pepper, and sear until bottom is well browned. Continue to cook until preferred doneness. Put cheese on top of patties and grill until melted. To assemble, follow step 4 above.