"It is the Americans who have managed to crown minced beef as hamburger, and to send it round the world so that even the fussy French have taken to le boeuf hache, le hambourgaire."
~ Julia Child
~ Memorial Day Garden Medley
SUN-DRIED TOMATO BURGER SMOTHERED in CARAMELIZED ONIONS
~ Always a family favorite
3 lbs. ground beef (not extra-lean)
1 8.5 oz. (packed in oil) jar chopped & drained
sun-dried tomatoes (reserve oil)
1 grated onion
3 Tbsp. dried basil
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
2 thinly sliced Vidalia onions
2 thinly sliced red onions
4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
8 toasted hamburger buns
- Mix ground beef, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, grated onion, basil, cumin, reserved oil, salt & pepper in large bowl (handle gently but don't overmix). Form into 8 patties. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- While grill is heating, saute onions in olive oil until soft. Raise heat and add sugar.Saute until onions are deep brown, stirring often. Add balsamic vinegar, scraping bottom of pan. Reduce heat and cook additional 5 minutes. Season with cracked pepper.
- Grill burgers until desired doneness. Place on bottom half on toasted bun. Smother with onions and top with other half bun. Serve with favorite condiment and slaw.