Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Burger

Posted by: Maggie

I didn't eat red meat from approximately 2001-2008. Occasionally, I'll eat something now, and smack my forehead and ask myself...why??? Today was one of those times.

I slightly adapted The Pioneer Woman's recipe, and was rewarded with a flavorful, juicy burger that will probably keep me full for the rest of the week.

The original recipe suggests using two pounds of ground beef to make two burgers. I have a hearty appetite and cannot imagine consuming a one pound burger. I used a little over a pound of ground beef to form two burgers, and could still hardly finish one despite it's deliciousness.

Here's what you'll need for two burgers:

1 pound 85% lean ground beef
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 t Worcestershire sauce
2 T butter
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 T brown sugar
Blue cheese
Kaiser rolls (don't even try to use regular hamburger rolls, they're to weak for this burger)
Cooking spray (not pictured)

Place the ground beef into a mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix in salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into two patties, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in fridge.

Next, prepare the onions. Melt butter over low to medium low heat, and stir in onions and brown sugar. Stir to combine all ingredients, and allow onions to caramelize for about 40 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Now is where you might have to tweak your timing, depending on how well you like your burger cooked. I only had one large skillet, so I had to wait for the onions to be done before making the burgers. If you like your burgers well done, and happen to have an extra pan, I would suggest starting to cook the burgers when the onions are about halfway done.

Before making the burgers, preheat broiler for the buns.

To cook the burgers, spray skillet with cooking spray, and cook burgers over medium for about 12-14 minutes each side (trust me, these burgers were enormous) until burgers are done.

When the burgers are almost done, spray both sides of bun with cooking spray, and toast under the broiler until golden (about three minutes).

To assemble burger, spread mayonnaise on top bun, and layer burger, onions, blue cheese, and lettuce. Sandwich halves together, and enjoy!

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