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French Onion Soup Burgers


French Onion Soup Burgers

The French Onion Soup Burger is an absolute gem when you want to combine the savory comfort of a classic French onion soup with the heartiness of an all-American hamburger. This recipe brings a little twist to the table, melding the rich, caramelized flavor profile of the soup with the juicy, satisfying bite of a burger. Making a French Onion Soup Burger is a surefire way to delight your family with something different from the usual burger fare, and it's perfect for those evenings when you just want to cozy up with something familiar yet a touch more elevated. The onions take a little love and patience to caramelize, but the reward is every bit as rich as those moments around the table with your loved ones.
A side of crispy, golden fries or a fresh green salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette pairs beautifully with these burgers. They're hearty and filling, so lighter sides work best to balance the meal.

French Onion Soup Burgers
Servings: 4

- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 slices of Swiss or gruyère cheese
- 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 4 hamburger buns, toasted
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Optional: 1/4 cup beef broth
1. Begin by heating a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter and olive oil. Once the butter has melted, stir in your sliced onions, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. The sugar and vinegar help the onions attain that beautiful deep caramelization.
2. Cook the onions for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want them to become super soft and a rich, golden brown color. Patience here is key – don't rush these beauties.
3. Next, sprinkle the onions with the minced garlic and thyme, cooking for an additional minute or two until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside. If the mixture is very dry, you can add a splash of beef broth to deglaze the pan and add more flavor!
4. While onions are cooking, form the ground beef into 4 patties and season each with a pinch of salt and pepper.
5. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties to your preferred doneness – about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
6. In the final minute of cooking, place a slice of cheese on each patty and cover to melt the cheese. If cooking inside, you can also pop the skillet under a broiler for a quick melt.
7. Place each cooked patty on the bottom half of a toasted bun. Top the patties generously with the caramelized onion mixture.
8. Cap it off with the top bun and serve these French Onion Soup Burgers piping hot.
Variations & Tips
- If you're catering to picky eaters, simply set some caramelized onions aside before adding the garlic and thyme to keep it simple for the kiddos.
- For a lighter option, use ground turkey instead of beef and opt for whole wheat buns.
- For an extra pop of flavor, mix a little Dijon mustard or horseradish cream into your burger mix before forming the patties.
- Always rest your patties for a few minutes after cooking to let those delicious juices redistribute.

These French Onion Soup Burgers will have everyone around your table asking for seconds. It feels special, like Sunday dinner, but it's easy enough for a weeknight – a perfect recipe to add to your family favorites!

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