Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl, and season with onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper. Combine thoroughly using your hands, then form into 6 patties, each 4-inches wide. Ensure the patties are the same thickness on the edges as the middle. Place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grates with olive oil.
While grill is heating up and burgers are chilling, cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. The crunch adds a nice texture to the burger. Drain bacon slices on a paper towel lined-plate.
When the grill is hot, cook burgers to your desired degree of doneness. About 4 minutes per side for medium, depending on your grill. Top the burgers with the Cheddar cheese a minute or two before they are done.
While burgers are grilling, place peanut butter and maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Stir together and warm in microwave for about 25 seconds. Stir again. It should be slightly runny.
Spread the peanut butter onto the hamburger buns, and dress with lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon. Top with a burger patty and enjoy with your favorite beer!
*Maple syrup is added to Adams(R) peanut butter due to the brand's lack of sweetness. If you use another brand such as Jiffy, use less maple syrup and perform a taste test.
I gave this a shot after enjoying a killer 'Elvis' burger at the Bad Apple in Chicago. The ONLY suggestion I'd make is that 1 lb. is too small for 6 servings. I find more like 1 lb will make 4 homemade burgers because of the water and grease that is removed as it cooks. This made 6 TINY burgers- next time I'll make 6 burgers but use 2 lbs of beef! mmmm
Seriously- so good it's sick!
To put it another way, my vegetarian wife had 1/2 a burger. She hasn't wanted a burger in 15 years but had to try this one.
Oh, yeah I'll make it again,
I brushed the buns with Olive Oil and toasted them on the grill. The texture-flavor sensation of the toasted bread, the peanut-butter spread, the Sharp Cheddar, and the Bacon make this a burger you should have at least once in your life!