Cheeseburgers with chipotle caramelied onions recipe

Published July 21, 2010 9:22PM (EDT)

Servings: 6


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef (80 per cent lean)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 6 small to medium sweet white onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle in adobo
  • 4 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf fresh parsley leaves
  • 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the beef and water. Shape into 6 patties, about 2.5 cm thick.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp each of the salt and pepper. Use the blend to season the burgers, pressing it into the meat.
  3. Heat a grill to medium-high.
  4. Set a griddle pan on the grill and add half of the butter or oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions, season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and saute until the onions soften and start to brown. Add the pureed chipotle, scallions and cilantro.
  5. Push the onions to one side of the griddle. Heat the remaining butter or oil on the empty side and place the hamburgers on it. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Move the burgers to the grill and cook to desired doneness, flipping halfway through (2 minutes per side for medium-rare).
  7. Stir the parsley into the onions and spoon the onions onto the hamburgers. Lay a slice of cheese on top of each and continue cooking until it melts.
  8. Place a burger in each bun and serve.

By J.m. Hirsch

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