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Lunch for one: bacon cheeseburger

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With everyone out of the house today, I thought I’d keep things simple and have leftovers for lunch. But I had a craving — a bad craving for meat. Since there was a pack of ground beef in the fridge and a couple of buns from last Sunday’s all-burger lunch, I decided to make a burger. Just a simple burger.

But then, I saw the container or alfalfa sprouts and decided to use them in lieu of the iceberg lettuce (which I really don’t like). It already seemed like it was going to be a rather fancy burger — why not go all out?

So, I took the bacon from the freezer and decided to cook my beef patty in bacon fat and make a burger sandwich with all the bells and whistles. Want to try it?

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First, heat a pan and throw in the bacon which you can pre-cut for easier sandwich assembly. Cook the bacon until browned and crisp at which time it should have rendered enough fat to cook the burger in.

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Scoop out the bacon and transfer to a plate.

Put the burger in the fat. Over high heat. About four minutes per side (because my burger was huge; make it three minutes per side for regular-sized patties). You want to sear it while the inside stays moist. See how I grill my burgers for more tips.

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When the burger is done, turn off the heat. Lay your cheese on top of the burger.

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Cover loosely and allow the meat to rest and the cheese to melt.

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Meanwhile, start assembling your sandwich. Split the bun (and toast, optionally). Spread mayo on the bottom half of the bun. Top with alfalfa sprouts.

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By the time you’re done with the bread and greens, the cheese should have melted.

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Use a spatula to move the burger, cheese and all, to the bread.

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Take the browned bacon and pile on top of the burger.

Lunch for one: bacon cheeseburger

And enjoy your sandwich. It’s 6.30 p.m. as I write this and I’m still full.

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