Grilling season continues with caramelized onion burgers!
Caramelized onions are delicious, but can be a time consuming pain to make. You have to cook them for a long time, stirring over low heat so they slowly soften and brown without burning. However, I have discovered a short cut… the microwave! By cooking the onions first in the microwave, I can soften them, and then finish the caramelizing process on the stove in about 10 minutes.
Peel, halve, and slice one onion.
Place the onion in a microwave safe bowl with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Cover, and microwave 3 minutes.
Give the onions a shake and microwave 3 minutes more, until they’re wilted down and softened. Be careful… the bowl and steam will be very hot!
Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or olive oil over medium high heat in a medium nonstick skillet.
Add the onion and cook until it begins to be spotty brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Now add 2 tablespoons water and stir until the water evaporates. This pulls up any browned onion bits and distributes that flavor evenly.
Meanwhile, heat your grill on high. Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground beef with 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce.
Weigh out 6 four-ounce burgers.
Pat them into patties that are slightly thinner in the middle.
Scrape the grill grates clean, and add the burgers.
Close the lid and cook 5 minutes. Then, flip the burgers, close the lid, and cook 3 minutes more.
Add cheese, close the lid, and cook 1 minute to melt the cheese.