Though we usually shy away from processed foods, we do love American cheese here for that old-school burger joint flavor; you can certainly substitute cheddar, if you prefer. Rinsing the onion removes some of its harsh bite; use a fine sieve.
4 center-cut bacon slices, cut in half crosswise
1 pound 93% lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
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.
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