The Very Best Burger

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


  1. 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.
  2. Divide the beef into two patties, season with salt and pepper.  Add the cheese to the MIDDLE of the patties.
  3. Cook the burgers in oil for about 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat.  Meanwhile, toast the buns.
  4. 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.