Sometimes a hamburger is more than just a plain ole burger when some little twists are added to the traditional recipe. Turn your plain burger patty into a juicy, mouthwatering gourmet burger that can be savored with each bite.
Believe it or not, gourmet burgers are easy to make and use ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cabinet or quickly at the store. What you're actually doing is adding a few more herbs and spices to give the burger a very distinctive flavor. The recipes here represent different cultural influences that turn an ordinary burger into something very special.
Easy Teriyaki Burgers
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
Place 1 pound of ground beef into a large bowl. Add in 1/4 cup of the teriyaki sauce mixture to the ground beef and mix well. Shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
Cover and cook patties over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until they reach a medium doneness. Turn patties over and brush on remaining teriyaki sauce while patties are still cooking. Remove patties from heat and place on buns.
Add on lettuce, tomatoes and condiments.
Pepper Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Take 2 large yellow onions and slice them up to make 4 cups.
In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter until it sizzles; add in the sliced onions. Cook onions over medium heat (35 - 40 minutes); stirring occasionally until they're tender and a deep golden brown color.
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Continue cooking onions, while stirring occasionally, until the onions become caramelized (about 5 more minutes).
In a large bowl, add in 1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef, 2 tablespoons of stone ground mustard and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Cook hamburger patties until they reach desired doneness, turning once while cooking.
Toast 4 hamburger buns and place patties on each. Top each hamburger with 1/4 cup of caramelized onions.