Cheddar-And-Onion Smashed Burgers

(adapted from Food & Wine, June 2011)

Serves 2


Favorite pickles of your choice, thinly sliced

2 homemade burger buns, halved

2 ground beef patties (or 1/2 pound ground beef)

Salt and pepper

Garlic powder

1/2 Vidalia onion, sliced paper thin

2 slices cheddar cheese


Heat griddle to 400 degrees.

Layer pickles slices on the bottoms of the buns.

Place the patties on the grill, press them with a spatula, and cook them for 30 seconds.

(Or for ground beef, loosely form the meat into two balls, and place them on the griddle. Cook the meatballs for 30 seconds. Then flatten them with a spatula to make 5-inch patties.)

Season the patties with salt and pepper and garlic powder, and cook for 2 minutes, until well-seared.

Press a handful of onions onto each patty.

Carefully flip the burgers so the onions end up on the bottom.

Season with salt and pepper and garlic powder again, and top each patty with a slice of cheese. Cook for 2 minutes.

Then cover the patties and griddle with a roasting pan turned upside down, and cook for another minute, or until cheese is melted.

Transfer the burgers to the bottom buns, and cover with the bun tops.

-Delicious Dishings