Who doesn’t love French Onion Soup? It’s hard to resist when I see it on a menu. The end of June though is hardly a time to make soup. It’s hot out there! So, after searching online (thanks once again goes to Pinterest!), I found this burger recipe that I knew I just *had* to try! It’s a French onion burger *stuffed* with cheese! What could be better than that?!
The secret ingredient in this meal is a favorite of mine…ta da!
Yup, good old Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix. I normally use this mix to make my *favorite* dip. One packet of this and some sour cream and you are in business! (I serve it at *every* party, as does my mother, my sister, my cousin Jenn, the list goes on and on…) Today, though, you only need 2 tablespoons of the mix. (This means that you can buy a small container of sour cream, the 8 ounce one, and use the leftover soup mix to make that delicious dip! Yay!!)
Start with the onions…you need time to cook them low and slow, so plan ahead…
- Start with 2 large sweet onions.
- Cut the onions in half, peel, and then thinly slice. (It seems like a lot of onions for just 4 burgers, but they will cook down big time, I promise!)
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Add 1 tablespoon of EVOO.
- Once the butter melts into the oil, add the onions.
- Mix the onions to coat in the oil-butter mixture, then let cook low and slow. Stir every now and then.
Once the onions are golden, start on the burgers…
- First, cut some thin squares of fontina cheese. (You really one need 4, but cut some more to munch on.)
- Preheat your grill (or Cuisinart Griddler like me) to medium-high.
- Then, add 1 package of ground beef to a large bowl.
- Add the secret ingredient (2 tablespoons of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix).
- Add 1/4 cup water.
- Take your rings off, and mix everything together with your hands.
- Score the meat into 4 equal sections, then roll each section into a ball.
- To make the burgers, divide each ball into 2 sections.
- Flatten one section into a patty, and add a square of cheese.
- Flatten the other section of meat and top the cheese-filled patty, pressing the edges together.
- Place the burgers on your Griddler (or grill).
- Cook on one side until the meat is cooked through, then flip to finish cooking.
To serve, place each burger on a whole wheat bun and top with the golden brown onions.
These burgers were really delicious. It honestly tasted like I was having a bowl of French onion soup. Having the cheese inside the burger was a treat. My husband was a big fan, too. I definitely will be making these again soon! Enjoy!