2 slices 2% reduced-fat American cheese, quartered
8 teaspoons ketchup
8 slider buns, split and toasted
4 teaspoons minced fresh onion, rinsed and drained
8 green leaf lettuce leaves
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain.
Place beef in a medium bowl. Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with garlic powder, pepper, and salt; mix well to combine. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 3-inch patty.
Heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 3 minutes or until seared. Turn patties over; top each with 1 piece of cheese. Cover and cook 2 additional minutes or until beef is done and cheese melts.
Spread 1 teaspoon ketchup on top half of each bun; top each with 1/2 teaspoon onion. Layer bottom half of bun with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 1 bacon piece, and top half of bun.
Seems silly to rate such a basic recipe, but it WAS good and the meat was perfectly seasoned (that 1/2 tsp of garlic powder is key). It's easy to get bogged down with complicated/exotic/froufrou recipes, and seeing this in the magazine made us crave a simple, classic burger. It totally hit the spot. I did sub white cheddar for the American cheese (I just can't do it!), and we made our own special sauce by mixing the ketchup with some mayo and chopped pickled jalapeno. Yum.
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