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  • Laura Cognetti

Elevate Your Burger

Updated: May 28, 2020

There is nothing better then a warm delicious blue cheese burger on a toasted hamburger roll (that recipe will come soon!) fresh off the grill, eaten outside. We are getting to the point in the year where those nights will soon become commonplace. Every summer I try and elevate my food game - and this year I've decided to focus on creating the ultimate burger.

So many different factors go into play when you think about what takes a burger to the next level. The meat is definitely important - you want to make sure that you have the right meat to fat ratio. I am a fan of 85/15 - the fat gives the meat such a rich flavor when it cooks down without making it too greasy. You also need to make sure that it's seasoned properly, but not overly seasoned. I consider myself a purist, I prefer just kosher salt and black pepper. It's essential that you season both sides well before cooking. Second - what kind of roll are you placing your burger on? After starting to bake my own hamburger rolls I will never be able to eat store bought again. You need the roll to be able to hold up to not just the burger, but the toppings.

And that is what today's elevation is about - the ultimate burger topping - sauteed onions. These are so good that even someone who isn't an onion fan will give in and take a serving. I was inspired to make these when I received the most perfect yellow onion in one of my Brookside Farms Home Delivery boxes. I wanted to do something with it that would make the onion itself stand out, and not just be a thoughtless ingredient. While this recipe is super simple, it really highlights the complexity of the onion and the depth of flavor it can bring to your plate. Thanks for following along! ~ LC

Sauteed Onions

1 large yellow onion

2 Tbsp salted butter

1/4 - 1/2 cup dry white wine (I use chardonnay)

Kosher salt and pepper

1. Remove rough ends of the onion and cut in half. Slice thin.

2. Melt down butter over medium-high heat until lightly bubbling. Add onions and generously season with salt and pepper. Stir lightly to incorporate.

3. Once onions begin to lightly caramelize add white wine and let cook down.

4. Enjoy!

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