We have burgers at least once a week in my house. Since I live in an all boy household… I think having red meat twice a week is some sort of requirement! And burgers are a family favorite. We don’t just grill burgers either. Sometimes, I cook a pound of ground beef in a 8×8 pan at 375 degrees, cut into squares, and turn them into amazing patty melts with bacon. And sometimes, I fry up our hamburgers in a skillet, then top them with dijon mustard caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce and serve them on toasted pretzel roll.
These were good. I mean good, good. My favorite part was the dijon caramelized onions. I could have eaten those by themselves and would have been perfectly happy!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 - 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 3 or 4 pretzel rolls, depending on the shape
- Start by heating the olive oil to medium heat in a large skillet. Add in the sliced onions and begin to caramelize. After about 5 minutes, add in 1/4 teaspoon salt and teaspoon sugar to help the caramelization. It will take 15 minutes or so, then add in the dijon mustard and the water. Stir to combine well, and them remove from the heat and set aside.
- Give your skillet a quick wipe and crank it up to medium high heat. While the pan is warming up, shape your hamburger meat into patties. I was using longer, hoagie-size pretzel rolls, so 1 pound of meat made 3 burgers. If you are using round pretzel rolls, you will be able to make 4 patties. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Add the hamburger patties to the hot skillet. Cook on the first side for 4-5 minutes or until it forms a nice crust. Then flip it over to finish cooking.
- After about 4 minutes, sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese on top of each burger. You can put the onions first, and then the cheese if your onions have cooled off. Mine were still warm so I didn't worry about it. Then turn the heat way down and cover with foil to melt the cheese.
- While the cheese is melting, turn on your broiler. Slice your pretzel rolls in half and lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Broil for about 3 minutes or they are brown enough for you. Spread one tablespoon barbecue sauce on the bottom and spread about 1-2 tablespoons caramelized onions on the top.
- Remove each burger from the heat and place on top of the barbecue sauce. Carefully put on the top roll on - you don't want to lose any caramelized onions!
- Slice each burger in half to serve. And how good does gooey cheese and barbecue sauce look...