Here is a simple take on how to turn a basic burger into a luxurious wonder that has your guests saying WOW!
1lb. of 80/20 hamburger
1 yellow onion
1 bulbs of garlic
1 package smoked Jalapeno Gouda cheese
4 Ciabatta rolls
1 tbsp olive oil
(Prior to beginning, start your coals for the BBQ and bring the grill up to temperature)
Start by adding the olive oil to a non stick pan. Over medium heat, sauté your cloves of garlic until they turn a medium brown. You can choose to mince or dice up the garlic into smaller pieces to your preference. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Once the garlic is about 50% done, cut up your onion and add it to the pan. If you want to help the caramelization process, you can add a spoonful of sugar to the mix, but otherwise just cook until the onions and garlic are nice and brown. Once cooked, set aside in the pan to keep them warm.
Now you can begin molding your hamburger into patties, or if you bought pre-made patties, feel free to place them on the BBQ. Season to taste, but salt sparingly. We recommend salting the burgers (if using any) at the end. The key to a good burger is flip it only once. When the fat starts to drip on the outside and along the edge of the burger you know it is now time to flip them.
After the burger is flipped, you can add the sliced cheese. We used a smoked Jalapeno Gouda which added some extra flavor to the burger. The burger should not take more than 8 minutes to cook (total), but it all depends on the heat from your BBQ. Be sure the grill is nice and hot to sear the outside of the patty and keep those juices within. If available, cover your BBQ with a lid. It will help trap the steam from the juices and aid in the melting of the cheese! The burger is done when the inside is a nice pink.
Cut the Ciabatta roll in half and toast both sides using the BBQ. Place the burger on the toasted roll and top with your caramelized onions and garlic. Add some seasoning or salt and pepper to your burger to taste. We recommend adding a little spicy dijon mustard to really bring out the full potential of the burger!
Plate, serve, and enjoy!