Playoff Burgers

Today is the divisional round of the playoffs.  I decided that burgers for lunch sounded great.  I know you on the east coast probably are thinking dinner, but the game started at 1:30 here and we ate by 2pm.  That being said there was a lot to do ahead of time.

Onions needed to caramelize.

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 Large Sweet Onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon bacon drippings
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • large pinch of harissa

Heat your favorite skillet over medium high.  When the pan is hot melt the bacon fat.  Add the onions to the fat and reduce the heat to medium low, and stir often Add the salt after about 5 minutes.  After another 10 minutes turn the stove down to low and add the sugar.  After a bit add the harissa.  The total time should take 40-60 minutes till onions are golden, not burned.

Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

  • 1 lb fingerling Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Heat your oven to 375.  Toss the potatoes in the oil to coat.  Place in the oven.  After 20 minutes sprinkle half the rosemary over the potatoes and keep them cooking!  After 20 more minutes add the rest of the rosemary.  (If  you want to add garlic or hot pepper, here’s where I’d do it.)  After 20 more minutes turn the oven down to 300, to keep the potatoes cooking until your burgers are done. I for one suck at timing a meal.

Patties needed to be formed and set.

Hamburgers (and you thought you just bought ground beef)

  • 1lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2lb ground veal
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper

Beat the yolks with the Worcestershire sauce

Mix the egg mixture with the meat and add a large dash of salt and pepper.  Mix well, but don’t overwork the meat, and form into 4 equal sized patties.  I tend to make an indentation on the top so that when it plumps up the burger is even, not a ball.  Put a pinch of salt and pepper on the top and bottom of each patty.  Place in the refrigerator for an hour or so to come together  When its time, cook them the way you like them.

Of course I like bacon, provolone and avocado on my meat. (that’s what she said!)  And fancy bakery buns.

Here’s how it turned out.

Playoff burger

and small shout out to Urban Legends for the great Malbec!

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