Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil so the foil goes up the sides. Lay the bacon the prepared baking sheet. When preheated, bake the bacon for 12-15 minutes, or until desired doneness.
Spread the inside of each bun (top and bottom) with about 1 teaspoon of butter. Place the buns butter side down in a large skillet over medium heat. Toast until lightly golden. Remove and set aside.
To the same skillet over medium heat, melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter. Divide the beef into 4 patties. Place the patties in the skillet, working in batches, if needed. Smash the burgers using a spatula until they're slightly larger than your burger buns. Season with salt and pepper. As the burgers cook, use a spoon to scoop and baste the burgers with the melted butter in the skillet. Add more butter as needed. Flip once, continue basting, and cook one minute less than desired doneness, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Top each burger with a slice of cheese. Cook for another minute, then transfer burgers to the toasted buns and top with bacon and your favorite garnishes!
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