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Bacon Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Onion

Ingredients

for the cheeseburgers

  • 1 pound ground chuck 80/20 (you’ll want the fat for a juice burger)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 slices of your favorite bacon , cooked firm, but not chewy
  • 3 slices of your favorite cheese (I happened to have munster on hand)
  • 3 sesame buns , or your favorite hamburger buns
  • 1 medium vidalia onion sliced thin

optional

  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • pickles
  • lettuce

Instruction

caramelize the onion

  1. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and make sure it’s coated with the butter. Feel free to add another smidge of butter if you like. Check on the onions every 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally and scrapping any bits that may be on the bottom. Continue to cook the onions until they turn a golden brown, but not dark. You don’t want them to burn. The entire process took me about 30 minutes.

make the burgers

  1. Divide the meat into three portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, cup them gently and form a ball. Be careful not to pack the meat too tightly. Press gently to form a patty and place on a plate. Repeat with the other burgers. Sprinkle the top of the burgers with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a griddle pan (it’s all I have, but feel free to use a griddle for those nice marks) over medium high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Place the burgers on the griddle salt and pepper side down. Sprinkle more salt and pepper on the top side of the burgers. Cook for about 5 minutes and then flip. Press the burgers gently to flatten and allow them to brown on the other side. Cook for about 5 minutes more. Place a slice of cheese on the burgers and cover with a dome lid allowing the cheese to melt. In the meantime, toast the buns in the broiler. The melty cheese and toasty buns should be ready at the same time.
  3. Assemble the burgers with lettuce, bacon and your favorite condiments.