Crazy good burgers
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • 1 pound of 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 slices of white "Cooper" cheese
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sriracha ketchup ( or regular)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of pickle relish
  • 1 ounce of Vermouth
  • 1 packet of lipton's "Beefy onion" soup mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 4 good burger buns
  1. Start by stirring one packet of Lipton's beefy onion soup mix into about a quarter cup of really hot water. Mix it really well, and then let it sit for about ten minutes
  2. Set that aside and place your 80/20 burger in a nice bowl. Then pour your soup mix into your ground beef and knead it gently. Set this aside now.
  3. put your butter in a small fry pan and add your onions. Gently cook them down for about 10 minutes, trying to get them caramelized brown. When they're close, add your one ounce of vermouth ( any kind) to the onions and continue to cook them down.
  4. As your onions are cooking off, make your topping. Add the mayo, ketchup, mustard and pickle relish in a small bowl and mix well.
  5. Slice up your tomato
  6. When your onions are looking deep brown, turn the heat to minimum and lets make burgers. Divide the burger/Lipton mix into 4 equal parts, and press them and shape them into 4 burgers.
  7. If you are grilling them, toss them on the grill now over medium heat. cook for about 3 minutes and then flip and do the other side. This is when you should salt and pepper your burgers.
  8. About a minute into the second side, cover each burger with a slice of good "cooper" cheese.
  9. toss your buns on the grill, and give them a quick toast as the second side of the burger is cooking.
  10. Pull your buns off the grill and smear them with your mayo/ketchup/mustard/relish mix. Don't go crazy heavy, just coat them
  11. Use a spatula to get the burger off the grill, and place it on the bun, cheese side up. toss a slice of tomato on top of the cheese. With a pair of tongs, grab your vermouth/caramelized onions and place a glob of them on the tomato.
  12. Top it with the other half of the bun, and give it a gentle "press" to meld everything together
  13. Serve with fries or slaw.
Everyone likes a burger now and then, so why not "kick it up a notch?" The Lipton soup mix and the splash of vermouth in the onions takes this to a new level. I hope you enjoy it.