Michael Bonacini's take on the classic burger.
In a large bowl, lightly season the freshly ground beef with salt and pepper. Chef Michael likes to pan-fry a small nugget of his burger mix to double check the seasoning. Once he's tasted it and approved, he shapes the meat by hand into two evenly shaped patties.
In a cast iron pan over medium heat, pan-fry the diced bacon until golden brown and starting to crisp. Add the onions and garlic and continue to cook on a slightly lower heat. Add a splash of olive oil, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, cook for 5-6 minutes and remove from heat.
Prepare your BBQ by brushing, cleaning and oiling.
Cook the burgers to medium, adding the cheese to each patty in the final minutes of cooking. Toast the burger buns and start to build as follows.
Add a little slather of mayo on each side of the buns and one crisp lettuce leaf on the bottom of each bun. Then add 2 heaping tablespoons of the onion + bacon + garlic mix to the top of the lettuce.
Add a slice of tomato, on top of which you place your cooked burger with cheese. Top off with the other half of the bun; serve alongside a bread and butter pickle.
Additional side recommendations… home cooked fries, potato chips, tortilla chips or if you really must, a salad.