Onion Burgers

Early in the writing of this book, I struggled to get my ruminations on paper. Although I hesitate to call my temporary impasse writer's[ block, I can't imagine much worse. Words wouldn't come. And the ones that did weren't smart or engaging or funny. After an eternity of fretting, I began making burgers for lunch. My intent was to cook my way through the recipes I planned for the book. This onion burger was the first thing I tried. After 2 days of oniony repasts, the dark cloud lifted and the words came.]

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 2 onions, shaved (use a mandoline or a very sharp knife to make the thinnest possible slices)
  • American or pimento cheese
  • 6 buns, split
  • Mustard
Directions
  • Place a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Leave it there for 5 minutes. Loosely gather a handful of ground beef and slip it into the pan. Repeat 6 times. The burgers should be freeform lumps.

  • With the side of a spatula, push the burgers into a semblance of a round. After about a minute, pile on all the onions and then, with as much force as you can manage, smash the onions into the meat. Again, work the sides of the patties into a semblance of a round. Cook another minute and then flip. Season with salt. Smash the burgers again, hard.

  • Place burger on bottom half of the bun and spread with mustard. Spread the cheese on top half of the bun and place on the burger.


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