JUICY BURGERS with CARAMELIZED ONIONS
Family Tested & Approved
4 lg., 6 med., 8 sliders portions
FOR CARAMELIZED ONION TOPPING:
sweet onions (vidalia, walla walla etc...)
montreal steak seasoning
FOR THE MEAT:
mayonnaise (i prefer duke's or hellman's)
plus 1/2 teaspoon montreal steak seasoning, divided
steak sauce (i use a-1)
ground beef (i usually use chuck)
FOR BUILDING YOUR OWN BURGER:
buns, rolls or bread of your choice
cheese/cheeses of your choice (bleu cheese crumbles are really good if you like bleu cheese)
pickles, pepperoncini etc...
mayo, mustard, ketchup etc...
crispy bacon slices, crunchy fried onions
For the caramelized onions: To a 12" skillet, add olive oil and butter; melt butter over medium heat.
Add sliced onions and montreal steak seasoning; sauté over medium heat for approximately 10-15 minutes until onions are caramelized (be sure to stir them around. You want browned, not burned.)
Use tongs or a fork to remove onions from skillet to a pan or dish in which they can be re-warmed if needed, then cover with foil or lid; leave remaining oil/butter in skillet; set aside.
For the meat: (I use food-safe plastic disposable gloves for this part.)
In a large bowl, using hands, mix together ground beef, mayonnaise, steak sauce, 1/2 Tablespoon montreal steak seasoning and salt, until thoroughly combined.
Divide into 4 equal portions.
One by one, shape each portion into a large patty and place in the skillet.
While forming patties, or after placing in skillet, make an indentation in each patty so that it resembles a saucer (this will prevent "the hump.")
Sprinkle patties with remaining 1/2 teaspoon montreal steak seasoning (add extra salt & pepper, if desired.)
Cook over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
Turn the patties over; reduce heat to medium; cover skillet with foil or lid & cook for another 4 to 6 minutes. (Internal temperature should reach 160ºF (71.1ºC; I sometimes turn them over again.)
While second side is cooking, re-warm onions, if needed; begin preparing buns with your choice of condiments.
If melted cheese on burger is desired, shut the heat off, place cheese on top of burger in skillet; cover skillet with foil or lid; let rest for 20 to 30 seconds.
Remove burgers from pan to bottom half of prepared buns.
Top with caramelized onions; cover with top half of buns.
Serve. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
Last Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015