I had planned on sharing these burgers with you yesterday, but a rousing game of “Hearts” with the family got in the way! I know I keep saying it, but we are running out of these carefree summer evenings. Sigh. Don’t worry about me though…I love fall, football, and tailgating so I will perk up soon. We grill a lot of burgers in the summer, and I felt like we needed to change it up a bit. I get tired of plain old burgers. Of course, with our love of spicy foods, these ingredients were a natural fit. My two younger girls did opt for plain burgers, however. These are a little bit of work, but a lot can be done ahead of time and they come together pretty fast. Next time I’m making them with chipotle chiles and blue cheese!
- 2 pounds ground beef (Ground Round)
- 1 red onion, diced (1¼ cups)
- 2-3 jalapenos, seeded and diced and the membranes removed
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large onion
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon season salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Oil for frying (We prefer peanut oil)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Hamburger buns, lightly buttered
- Cheese slices
- Cooked bacon slices
- Mayo or Ranch dressing
- Anything else you like on your burger!
- In a medium bowl combine the ground beef, onion, jalapenos, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, eggs, kosher salt and pepper. Use a fork to mix the ingredients. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and shape into burgers. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. I like to do this because I think they hold together better.
- Peel and slice the onion as thin as possible and place in a small dish. Pour the buttermilk over the onions and cover. Place in the fridge and let soak for an hour or two. In a medium bowl combine the flour, season salt and pepper. Combine well with a whisk. Using a pair of tongs remove some of the onions from the buttermilk mixture and dip in the flour. Lightly shake off the excess and fry in 375 degree oil for a minute or so until golden brown. Make sure to give them a stir so they don't stick together. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining onions.
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Makes about 1½ cups sauce.
- When your burgers are about done cooking add the cheese and toast the buns on the grill until lightly browned. Assemble your burger with your favorite fixin's!
- If you have never used a fork to combine your hamburgers start now. I learned this trick from a dear family friend and it keeps your burgers from being so dense.
- Also, I made mine into only 5 patties. My husband wanted ½ pounders! I had to talk him down from the ledge a little, so our burgers that are pictured were slightly larger than a ⅓ pound.
Onion Straw recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.
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