Saturday, May 23, 2009

Classic Onion Burgers

Juicy and delicious onion burgers made with an envelope of onion soup mix, tomato sauce and Worcestershire are a long loved classic.

Classic Onion Burgers

I do love a grilled burger, and like many of you, I've been making these burgers for years. It just produces a tender, yummy burger full of onion flavor - by far one of my favorite ways to eat a grilled burger.

A simple packet of onion soup mix provides all the onion flavor you need, the Worcestershire sauce gives it a tasty punch and the tomato sauce helps to keep the burger nice and moist.

The ideal beef for burgers is to grind your own meat from a nice chuck roast and cook the burgers to medium, about 140 degrees F. Just perfect. In reality though, most of us are going to buy grocery market ground beef, so you'll want to cook it to well done, around 160 degrees F, taking the temperature from the side.

Let's make some onion burgers! First things first. Try not to handle the ground beef much with your hands when forming them ... and for pete's sake, don't press down on 'em while they're cookin' and you'll end up with a dry, tasteless burger. I make a lot of burgers (and most often, these burgers) and I find these two kitchen gadgets helpful with the process. The first is a ground beef chopper. Using one easily incorporates the ingredients you want to add without over processing the meat.

Here's a tip I use all the time for burgers too. I line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and then form balls out of the meat mixture. The balls go into this handy dandy burger press gadget and then back on the tray to carry to the grill. After that, I strip off the foil, discard it and then I can carry my burgers back in on a clean pan.

I love it because it makes fairly uniform sized burgers and it's less messy.

I like this burger pretty simple with a little bit of mayonnaise, or sometimes a little pimento cheese, on the bottom bun and barbecue sauce on top, maybe a few slices of raw, sweet Vidalia onion, but pile on whatever your favorites are - lettuce, tomato, cheese, extra onion, pickle, whatever you fancy. Perfect for your cookout, delicious and so very easy.

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Recipe: Classic Onion Burgers

From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min

Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 pounds of ground chuck
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • Burger buns

In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion soup mix, tomato sauce and Worcestershire. Shape into desired number of burgers. Press an indentation into the center top of each patty and cook on an oiled grill grate for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, or until an instant read thermometer reads 160 for well done, 140 if have ground your own beef. Butter the cut side of hamburger buns and place butter side down on the grill surface just until toasted.

Cook's Notes: Try to handle the meat as little as possible when shaping because the heat from your hands can begin to melt the fat in the meat and affect the texture of your finished burger. Do not press down on the burgers while they cook! This compacts the meat and will make your burger very dense and since you're squeezing out all of the natural juices, very dry! Resist the temptation to smoosh them as they cook.

Sour Cream Onion Burgers: Omit tomato sauce and add 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs.


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  1. Hey Mary,

    Awesome looking burger. We love burgers too. Everyone in my family knows that if you want to make my mommy happy, all you have to do is take her somewhere to get a burger. Burgers make us happy!!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

    Take care, Joyce

  2. OH! These look so good! I'm trying your sweet tea recipe for my BBQ tomorrow and your baked beans!

  3. Hey Joyce thanks and you too! It's also been raining here, but I grilled in between showers. I just saw you talk about a gig on Twitter. Are you doing catering? Anyway, I have been trying to get up the rest of the recipes I promised for Memorial Day - just posted the ice cream finally! Might not get to the other burger, but we'll see.

    Oh Michelle, you made my day!! Let me know how they turn out for ya 'k?

  4. That's how I like them... nice and fat! Yum!

  5. Me too Karen - unless I'm eating a Krystal (or 4 lol) I like my burgers nice and thick!

  6. I like to use onion mushroom soup mix ... and add diced mushrooms & onions

  7. Made a happy camper out of my husband. They turned out simply juicy devine and yummy. thanks for sharing this recipe.

  8. When I lived in Oklahoma City they made onion fried burgers all over. They would have a griddle covered in sliced onions frying away then take a big hamburger patty and plop in right in the middle of them. Your burger would be served with fried onions pushed into the meat and covering the burger. That's the only place I've seen them do that and miss them. Bunny's Burgers was one of the best there.


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