Wednesday, January 9, 2013

French Onion Burgers

Burgers are always an easy weeknight meal that can be changed up in so many ways. For today's rendition, I made a 'French Onion Soup' themed burger. All the flavor of the caramelized onions and the bubbly cheese really pack a punch.

Recipe yields 6 burgers

2 lbs lean chopped meat
1 large yellow onion
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
2 tbsp Worcester sauce
1/2 cup beef stock
2 tsp onion powder
2 1/2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

6 rolls or burger buns

Preheat the broiler to high heat. Slice yellow onion into rings.

Heat oil in a skillet and add onions. Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.

Add salt and sugar and continue to cook for 10 minutes until deep brown in color.

Add 1/2 tbsp Worcester sauce and beef stock and simmer until liquid has mostly disappeared.

While onions are cooking, combine chopped meat, onion powder and remaining Worcester sauce in a mixing bowl.

Form six patties and place on a broiler pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. (If you like your burger cooked more well-done, you can keep it in the broiler longer). Helpful Hint: Whenever you are making burgers, form a flat patty and then push your thumb down on the middle to create an indentation. Do you ever start off with a flat patty and once it is cooked it looks more round then you remember? Well creating this indentation before hand will help produce a nice flat surface once it is finished cooking.

While burgers are in the broiler, you can prepare your buns. Mix together both cheeses in a bowl and then evenly distribute them amongst the top and bottom buns of all six rolls. Right after you take your burgers out, place your rolls under the broiler for 1 minute to melt the cheese.

Now it is time to assemble. First the bottom bun with a layer of melted cheese. Then your burger. Topped off with a helping of cooking onions. And finally the top bun with a second layer of melted cheese to close it up.

Serve with fries or chips and enjoy!

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