Holy comfort food. This is essentially a patty melt, and it’s awesome. This recipe comes from Katie Lee, Billy Joel’s ex. This means nothing to me, outside of the fact that I first learned about her earlier this week while watching RR’s talk show (no judgment). I loved her calm, warm personality, and was actually thinking about picking up her cook book, The Comfort Table. Unknowingly, I had printed this recipe of hers back over the winter, and it was delicious! Pretty much a grilled cheese with a burger inside, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Logan County Cheeseburgers
Makes 6 burgers
Just the Tip / Inspired by Katie Lee
Here’s what I used:
- 1 pound organic ground beef
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 medium yellow onion, half grated, the other half thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided
- 12 slices white whole wheat sandwich bread
- 12 slices American cheese
Here’s what I did:
- Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a medium skillet. Add the sliced onion and cook over low heat until caramelized, about 20-30 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine beef, egg, grated onion, garlic powder, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined and form into six thin patties.
- Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
- Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers about 3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels and wipe the grease from skillet.
- In same skillet, place 6 slices bread, butter side down. Top each with a slice of cheese, some of the caramelized onions, and a burger. Top with remaining slices cheese, and bread, butter side up. Cook each sandwich until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
I served this with a cucumber salad and roasted sweet potatoes and fennel, because turning my oven on when it’s 90 out seemed like a really good idea. Is it fall yet????