2 pounds 80/20 ground beef 1/2 cup cracked black pepper 1 tablespoon sea salt 4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese 8 slices cooked applewood smoked bacon 4 hamburger buns butter, for toasting 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded 1 large vine ripened tomato, sliced 2 large yellow or sweet vidalia onions 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup A1 steak sauce 1/2 tablespoon mixed herb seasoning and sea salt
For the onions: Heat a saute pan to medium high heat and add the oil. Cut the onions into 1/4 inch slices and add to the pan. Continue to cook on medium high heat until they are well caramelized and light brown in color. Add the A1, herb seasoning and salt and stir until mixed through.
For the burgers: Assemble 8 oz burger patties with the ground chuck. Mix together cracked black pepper and salt in shallow dish. Coat both sides of burgers with pepper / salt mixture and set aside.
Grill burgers over medium high heat until just under the desired temperature. Top burgers with sliced cheddar cheese and continue grilling until cheese is melted evenly. Remove burgers from grill and let rest.
Butter both sides of hamburger buns and toast on grill until golden brown. Remove buns from grill and top with burger, and portions of each of sauteed onions, bacon, tomato and shredded lettuce.