When making burgers, handle the meat as little as possible: a few pats with wet hands is all that's necessary to shape the patties.
All-Time Favorite Burgers
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or chuck
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 thin slices pancetta
Four 1/4-inch-thick slices Gorgonzola cheese (4 ounces)
4 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Romaine lettuce leaves, tomato slices and paper-thin sweet onion slices
How to Make It
Light a grill. Shape the meat into 4 patties and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Wrap each hamburger with 2 slices of pancetta.
Grill the burgers over a medium-hot fire for about 4 minutes, or until nicely browned on the bottom. Flip the burgers and top them with the Gorgonzola. Grill for about 4 minutes longer, or until nicely browned and cooked through.
Meanwhile, brush the cut sides of the buns with the butter and grill them, cut side down, until lightly toasted.
Set the burgers on the bun bottoms and top with the lettuce, tomato and onion. Serve at once.
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