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Maple Bacon Beef Burgers

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef (96% lean)
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 4 slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 extra-thick slices Maplewood-smoked bacon, cut in half, cooked crisp

Directions

  • Combine ground beef, beer, and Worcestershire in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.  Shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties
  • Place patties in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.  About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place buns, cut-side down, on grid.  Grill until lightly toasted.  During last minute of grilling, top each burger with cheese.
    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  • Place burgers on bottom of buns; top with bacon slices.  Close sandwiches.
    Cook's Tip: Reduced-sodium or regular bacon may be substituted for Maplewood smoked bacon.
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