Every now and then I get in the mood to switch things up and find a version of a dish that I haven’t made before. When I found this recipe for an Italian spin on a burger, I knew I had to try it. Michael and I are also a big caramelized onion fans, so I was also happy to see lots of onion for a topping! The Italian seasonings mixed into the beef patty bring in the flavors similar to a meatball. Not to worry though, the overall feel is still that of a burger! I used our grill pan in order to cook the burgers, but a normal pan would work fine as well. Overall, I still prefer the taste of a regular burger, but I will definitely be making this burger again when I want to switch things up.
Onion – Smothered Italian BurgersPrinter Friendly Version
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia onion
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons shredded 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 hamburger buns
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.
Combine cheese, tomato paste, oregano, garlic powder, dried basil and ground beef in a medium bowl; shape meat mixture into 4 patties. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired doneness. Place 1 patty on the bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and top half of each bun.