Mexican-Spiced Burgers w/Chipotle-Caramelized Onions
Inspired by the flavors of Mexican cuisine, these juicy, pan-seared burgers are seasoned with cumin and coriander and topped with chipotle-caramelized onions and smooth-melting Monterey Jack cheese.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon panko crumbs
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 hamburger rolls
- 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
- Place the ground beef in a shallow bowl. Add the salt, cumin, coriander, mayonnaise, panko crumbs and a few grinds of black pepper.
- Note: The mayonnaise and panko combination helps to hold the juices in the burger during cooking, but doesn't change the flavor or texture of the beef.
- Use a wooden spatula to combine the meat ingredients as best you can before doing a final, gentle mix with your hands. Gently form the patties into quarter-pound portions and make a slight depression in the center of each with your thumb. Transfer to a plate and chill for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
- While the burgers chill, heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Separate the onion into rings and add to the pan. Season with a little salt and pepper and sauté the onions until soft and translucent 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chipotle chili sauce and honey and continue cooking, stirring often, until the onions are nicely caramelized, 6 to 8 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Raise the heat on the pan to medium-high and add the burgers. Cook until you see juices start to accumulate on the top of the meat, approximately 4 minutes. Flip them over, and after about 1 minute, top with a portion of the onions and a slice of cheese. Continue cooking to desired doneness, 1 to 3 minutes longer.
- Transfer the burgers to a plate and allow to rest for a few minutes before placing on the rolls and serving.
This recipe gives instructions for pan-searing the burgers, but they're just as good (if not better) cooked on the grill.