I'm in Kansas City for Labor Day visiting my family. That is Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas. When someone says Kansas City they usually mean Missouri. There is a place called Kansas City, Kansas but is a fairly small and seedy part of the Greater KC area. The Chiefs are in KC, Missouri. The KC Royals are in KC, Missouri. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is in Kansas City, Missouri. The KC Ballet is in KC, Missouri. I am from Kansas City, MISSOURI. I know this is hard for people to who aren't from here to grasp because, well, Oklahoma City is in Oklahoma, and New York City is in New York. But people, please try to get this right. Please.
So about the food. My family members are good cooks. I enjoy being their sous chef for a few days. Today we grilled hamburgers and they were delicious. My sister in law found a recipe for burgers with cheddar and bacon in Cooks' Country which is another publication from the clever Cooks' Illustrated people.
1 1/2 lb. 85% lean ground chuck
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
8 strips of bacon cooked and chopped fine
4 t. yellow mustard
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl mixing with your hands until well combined. Divide the mixture into 4 or 5 equal portions and lightly pack into 1-inch thick patties. Cook on a hot grill. Sear on each side a couple of minutes then let the burgers cook for another 8 or 10 minutes until done. Do not press them down onto the grill or they will fall apart and you'll have cheese and bacon on fire in the bottom of your grill.