caramelized onions and hamburgers

May 13, 2013 § 25 Comments

This is simply delicious.  I love to make a nice spicy sauce for our buns and top with caramelized sweet onions.  This evening I served these with roasted potatoes, garlic aioli and a power green salad, which consisted of baby spinach, mizuna, chard and kale.


s p i c y   p i n k   s a u c e

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (tapatio or cholula)

Put all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt.  Mix with a fork until smooth.  Set aside, perhaps in the refrigerator.

h a m b u r g e r s   a n d   c a r a m e l i z e d   o n i o n s


  • 1 pound of good quality ground chuck
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, sliced into rings
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 large juicy tomato, sliced
  • handful of lettuce of your choice
  • 4 sesame buns


Start your barbecue.  I use a briquette grill so I need to get it going first.  You may use a grill pan on the stove, lightly brushed with olive oil.

Heat 5 tablespoons of olive oil to a nonstick skillet and fry the onions over low heat until they are golden and sticky.  Add the thyme sprigs and a pinch of salt and continue to fry stirring with a wooden spoon, for about 15 minutes until they get a little crisp.

Put the ground chuck, parsley and egg in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Remove your rings and mix well with your hands and shape into four large flat patties.  The should be about 4 inches in diameter and not more than 3/4 inch thick.

Grill the patties over a hot grill until they are nicely browned.  Make sure they don’t get smoked and try not to allow them to dry out by cooking too long.  They should be cooked through but moist and juicy.  If you prefer to have a cheese burger, cover your patty with a slice of cheese and let it melt.  Gouda or gorgonzola is a nice cheese to use.

Place all of your condiments on the table in separate bowls.  Heat the buns on the grill of a couple of seconds.  Put the patties inside the buns and serve right away, letting everyone around your table make their own by adding sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and warm onions as they like.


r o a s t e d  p o t a t o e s

  • 3 russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450°.  Cut your potatoes into your desired shape and place in a large bowl.  Add olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper to the bowl and toss well to fully coat the potatoes.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast until nice and brown, approximately 45 minutes.  Make sure to give the baking sheet a shake now and again and turn your potatoes over for even browning.

The  g a r l i c  a i o l i  I made was a very simple version I discovered a few years back.  I just use mayonnaise with a little olive oil and a few pressed garlic cloves.  Sometimes I add different herbs to add another nice flavor.

Serves 4

buon appetite.


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