About 45 minutes
- 1 ¼ lbs ground beef
- ½ onion, sliced into wheels
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 4 slices of cheese (any kind you like)
- Lettuce to garnish burger buns
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 4 burger buns
- Your choice of burger condiments
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 large head Romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized cubes
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper (about 20 turns of a pepper mill)
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons capers
- Half tube of anchovy paste (about 1 oz)
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Juice from ½ a lemon
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 c olive oil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- ½ c croutons (optional)
Step by Step Instructions
Place ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika into a bowl and use your hands to mix well. Divide the ground beef into 4 portions and form each portion into a burger patty. Make the patties flatter rather than fatter for quicker cooking time.
Step 2 – Time Saver!!
Press an onion wheel into the center of each burger patty. Don’t just set it on top – press it right into the patty. You just eliminated a step and you don’t have to sauté the onions separately because they will cook up nicely along with the burger patty!
Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat and place the burger patties into the pan onion side down. Cook until the edges are beginning to brown on the up facing side of the burger, then flip (carefully so as not to keep the onion wheel intact) the burgers and cook through on the other side. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the burgers but you can count on 10 to 15 minutes altogether.
Step 4 –
While the burgers are cooking prepare your salad and dressing. Place roughly chopped garlic cloves into small food processor and pulse until they are chopped to medium. Add capers, and pulse until medium/fine chop is achieved. Add salt, pepper anchovy paste, Dijon, lemon juice, Worcestershire, red wine vinegar, egg yolk, and Parmesan. Pulse until smooth, then add olive oil a drizzle at a time, and pulse until well combined. Pour the dressing into a jar with a tight fitting lid and set aside until burgers are done.
Just before the burgers are finished cooking place a slice of cheese on top on each burger and pop the burger buns into a warm oven for a few minutes (optional).
Place the chopped Romaine into a large bowl and add a healthy drizzle of Caesar dressing (as much or as little as you like) along with the croutons (optional) and toss well. Share the salad over 4 dinner plates and sprinkle each salad with fresh grated parmesan. Add a burger bun to each plate and let your family go to town on condiments, lettuce and tomato, then top each bun with a burger patty, close the bun, and dig in to this all time favorite dinner!