I have a love affair with caramelized onions. I make vats of them by sautéing thinly cut sweet onions with butter for 20 minutes on medium low heat, then adding cracked black pepper and brown sugar to the pan. I put them on almost everything I eat at this point… I have a Tupperware container of them in my fridge right now, in fact.
Anyway, tonight I checked to see what I had in my fridge and grabbed some ground chicken to make burgers. Even though it’s a super messy burger/ patty melt, it’s one of my favorite meals. Ladies, it’s definitely a man friendly meal, too, and perfect for a summer date night.
For 4 burgers, you’ll need:
a package of ground chicken or turkey meat
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T oregano
1 T basil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup toasted bread crumbs
8 slices of sourdough bread, toasted
1 avocado, mashed with a slash of lime juice
2 T caramelized onions per burger
catsup, other condiments
First, form your burgers by combining the ground chicken in a bowl with the juice and zest of one lemon, minced garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper, and bread crumbs. Mash that up with your hands and form patties. Transfer those patties to the fridge while you prepare the onions (unless you’re like me and you have a vat of them in your fridge).
Grill the burgers or cook them on the stove at medium heat (you may have to cover them so that they cook through if they’re on the stove). Then spread one slice of the toasted bread with catsup, goat cheese and avocado. Add the burger patties to the sandwiches (I often cut them into halves so that they’ll fit on the bread) and top all of that with caramelized onions and another slice of sourdough bread!
Beware— this is a messy dinner! It would be great with a side of a simple salad or grilled veggies.