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Porter Beer Cheeseburgers with Crispy Bacon and Caramelized Onions



– 4 ounces bacon – 1 cup diced yellow onion – Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste – 4 ounces porter beer – 1 pound ground beef chuck – 4 ounces Real California Gouda cheese, sliced – 4 potato buns, toasted – Stone-ground mustard – Red leaf lettuce
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In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and crumble. Add onion to same skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until golden brown. Add beer and simmer until it evaporates. In a bowl, mix together bacon, onion, beef, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 burger patties about 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Preheat a grill and oil grill grate well. Grill burgers about 3 minutes on each side for rare, 4 minutes for medium rare. Top with cheese in the last minute of cooking. (Or pan-fry burgers in oil or bacon fat over medium heat about 3 minutes on each side for rare, 4 minutes for medium rare, topping with cheese in the last few minutes of cooking.) Place each burger on the bottom half of a bun and top with mustard and lettuce. Close with top half of bun.

*Note: Can substitute 1 pound of lean ground turkey for beef/pork blend.

Yield: 4 servings