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Grilled hamburger with bacon, jalapeno peppers, cheese and Vidalia onion

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SERVES:
4

INGREDIENTS:

Four 4-6 ounce beef hamburger patties
Salt and pepper for seasoning patties

4 hamburger buns

8 slices bacon
1 medium Vidalia onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced (see hints below)
1 Tbs fresh chopped thyme (or 1/4-1/2 tsp dried thyme)

4 large thin slices sharp cheddar cheese
Pickled sliced jarred jalapeno peppers as needed (approx. 1/3 - 1/2 cup)

PROCEDURE:

Preheat the grill and count on two slices of bacon per burger and go ahead and crisp that up in a pan on the stovetop first.

You'll also need to pick and chop about 1 Tbs fresh thyme leaves and peel one medium Vidalia onion. Cut it in half from top to bottom and then thinly slice it, cut side down, from top to bottom.

Take the bacon out of the pan and drain it on paper towels when it is nice and crisp and pour off about 1/2 of the rendered bacon fat.

Then add the sliced onions and thyme to the pan and cook it along on medium heat until the onion is nice and soft.

Keep the burger meat cold until you're ready to head outside and then season it with salt and pepper and heat outside with the pickled jalapeno peppers, sliced cheddar cheese, the buns and a clean plate to put the cooked burgers on when they're done.

Toast the buns when the hamburgers are almost cooked through. Then, once the buns are off the grill, top the burgers with some sliced pickled jalapeno peppers and a slice of cheddar cheese. Put the lid down to help melt the cheese and finish cooking the burgers.

Then top the cooked and plated burgers with some of the onion and crispy bacon and they're good to go.

HINTS:

Use regular onion if you don't have Vidalia.
You could grill the sliced Vidalia onion if you wanted to but you'd want to slice them into 1/2-inch thick rounds instead of cutting onion in half and slicing.

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