Onion-Smothered Italian Burgers
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 pound ground beef, extra lean
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, sugar, salt, and pepper to pan. Cook 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar to the pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
2. Combine cheese and next 5 ingredients (through beef) in a medium bowl; shape meat mixture into 4 (3-inch) patties. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and top half of each bun.
Verdict: well, I thought they were good. When I asked B about them later in the evening, he got that deer in the headlights look and said "The burgers? They were, um, good. Like burgers." "What about the onions," I prompted. "Um, onions are good. Were those special onions? That was a good hamburger with special onions." So not as memorable as I had hoped (or maybe I just need a new taster). But still, it was yummy. It's hard to go wrong with a hamburger. The patties were a little bit of trouble - I usually just keep it simple with an egg and some Italian dressing. But the onions? Easy and yummy. Definitely a good topping for almost anything.