I am not a big hamburger person. In fact, since I moved, I don’t even own a barbecue. I recently bought a Groupon for the meal delivery service Hello Fresh and this week I thought I had selected a “juicy lamb burger.” In fact, the meal was for what at first glance appeared to be a regular old hamburger. So disinterested in the meal was I, that I used the ground beef on Friday night during an impromptu dinner party to create a pasta dish to serve a surprise crowd. This afternoon, however, I revisited the recipe card and decided to give it a go. Oh, my goodness, DELICIOUS! Seriously. Delicious. Hence I’m recording the recipe here because I will absolutely make this again. It is a step or two more involved than my typical burger night routine, but perhaps this is precisely why I am so disinterested in my typical burger. Without further ado, Lauryn’s not-typical burger (courtesy of Hello Fresh).
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 12 oz ground beef
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 Roma tomato, de-seeded and diced
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 Brioche buns
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- olive oil, salt and pepper
- Make the tomato-onion jam by sauteing the onion in a large pan over medium heat. Use a swirl (about a tablespoon) of olive oil and cook for about 4 minutes. Salt and pepper. Add the diced tomato, sugar, and balsamic. Salt and pepper. Cook for another 4 minutes. Set aside while you tackle the burger.
- Divide the beef into two patties, season with salt and pepper. Add the cheese to the MIDDLE of the patties.
- Cook the burgers in oil for about 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, toast the buns.
- Tips: I roasted garlic and smashed the roasted pieces (twenty minutes for two peeled cloves wrapped in aluminum foil in a 400 degree oven). I rubbed some of this deliciousness on the inside of each bun before adding a spread of mayonnaise and good tomato sauce to the buns, insert burger and delicious tomato-onion jam to form a perfect burger meal.