There are a few things that are key to a good burger. How the actual patty is seasoned and cooked. Along with the toppings that are placed on the burger itself. Those two components are what makes a good burger in my book.
The other night I was out with some girlfriends and we were at a local BBQ place that is one of my favorites. It is in Tempe, Arizona and is called Lucilles BBQ. We ordered way too much food and I took home the left over onion straws. I had hamburger meat at home and I knew just what I was going to do with the leftovers. Make my deluxe BBQ cheeseburger.
Although other times I have made pioneer women onion straws and I even put the recipe below this time I used my leftover onion straws. I think they are just as good as the ones from the restaurant. Maybe even better! So if you are up for it whip up some onion straws they will make the burger in my opinion. Or if you have a local BBQ joint or a restaurant that offer onion straws near by order a small or side order and use them next time you grill up some hamburgers!
So first lets talk about the perfect seasoning and marinade that you will need to make your burgers excellent! I like to also add a little Worcestershire sauce into the hamburger patties to make them moist. I marinade them in that for as long as possible and sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the patties. Season generously.
The perfect hamburger seasoning
4 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small container and put on lid and shake up. Then season meat patties. (This is enough for 1 pound of meat)
Make sure that you butter the hamburger buns and place them on the grill for a few minutes or until they begin to brown
The best burger toppings:
sautéed purple onions
favorite BBQ sauce
Onion Straws Recipe
from the pioneer women
1 whole large onion
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 quart canola oil
Slice onion into very thin slices. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess, and dump into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown. Repeat until onions are gone.