Everyone has a specific way they prefer their hamburgers, right? Well, this is our all-time FAVORITE way to prepare them! They are absolutely amazing and so flavorful....Definitely not your average ketchup and mustard-type of condiments. I've tried complicating things by making homemade buns, adding lots of flavorful ingredients to the meat, and making bigger patties, but ultimately, we always come back to these.
The "PERFECT" Cheeseburgers
Yields 6 Cheeseburgers
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (with 10-15% fat content)
garlic salt, onion powder, pepper
6 slices cheddar cheese (no American cheese-- YUCK!)
6 sesame seed buns
2 onions, caramelized (add 2 Tbs. butter, 1 tsp. olive oil, 3-4 Tbs. sugar)
6 slices bacon, cooked (optional)
6 leaves romaine or red leaf lettuce (NOT iceburg)
1-2 lg. tomatoes, sliced
2 avocados, sliced
Prepare chipotle mayo, cook bacon. Cut onions in half and slice them into thin half circles. Caramelize them by placing into a saute pan with butter, oil, and sugar and cooking them over medium high heat until golden and translucent.
Meanwhile, divide ground beef into 6 quarter pound patties. Try to make them thin and slightly bigger than the size of the buns. They will shrink and plump up while cooking. Season both sides generously with garlic salt, onion powder, and freshly ground pepper. BBQ on grill over medium-high heat. Baste both sides with BBQ sauce at the very end, and top with slice of cheddar cheese. Let it begin to melt before removing from grill. Butter insides of buns and grill just until toasted.
Prepare vegetables and place on a platter for serving.
Arrange burgers by spreading chipotle mayo onto both sides of buns. Add cheeseburger patties and top with vegetables, bacon and onions. Serve immediately.