4 thick slices aged white cheddar cheese (or more if you're cutting narrow slices)
4 onion buns
8 slices romaine lettuce, sliced into equal pieces for each burger
1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
YIELD 4 servings
In a large bowl combine the beef, chilies, bourbon, bacon bits, a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until well combined, then form four equal patties. You can either marinate these in the fridge for a few hours, or start grilling immediately.
Preheat the grill to a medium-high and grill burgers until cooked through, or your desired doneness. Once you flip the burgers, add the cheese so that it melts in the grilling process.
Grill the buns as well until you get good grill marks.
In the meantime, render your bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until nice and crisp. Transfer to a plate and pat dry. Break in half so that you have a few pieces for each burger.
Serve burgers garnished with bacon and crisp romaine lettuce!