Classic Burgers with Caramelized Onions

We love burgers. You may have noticed. Rob's favorite food is burgers (and bread). If he chooses where to eat out, he wants Red Robin or Gordon Biersch because they have some of his favorite burgers. I've tried to explain to you how easy he is to please....I guess I should've just told you sooner that those are his two favorite places to eat. I mean, I like those places too--but they aren't my faaavorite places to eat. He just likes good, hearty food. Bless his heart for loving simple food. It makes my job a lot easier!

Anyway, I'm always trying new things with burgers. Our newest fave is caramelized onions which I now make every.single.time. we make burgers. The caramelized onions are also really great on some grilled sausages or bratwurst.

Classic Burgers
2 1/2 lbs ground beef (nothing leaner than 80% lean for burgers please~!)
1/2 yellow or white onion, grated
2 Tb. montreal steak seasoning
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 Tb worcestershire sauce
8 slices cheese, your choice
8 fresh bakery rolls...please don't use the $.88 store brand buns. The bakery rolls can change your life.

Mix everything together and form into 8 large patties. Use your thumb to make a dent in the middle of the burger patties, this helps them to stay even in shape and not get too round. (Thanks for this tip, Rachael Ray) Grill the burgers to your doneness preference placing the cheese on top at the last minute. Top with plenty of caramelized onions and serve on toasted bakery rolls.

Caramelized Onions
1 huge onion, or 2-3 small/medium onions
1 Tb olive oil
1/2 Tb brown sugar

Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Thinly slice the onions and add to the heated oil. Saute the oinons over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. If they seem to be getting to brown/black on the outside and not getting soft all the way through, then turn the heat down a bit. After 10 minutes add the brown sugar, mix it in well and continue cooking a few more minutes. Yum!

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