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The Best Burgers

Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8

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These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!

These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!

I know what you’re thinking.

I sure do make a lot of promises I could never keep. I make “the best” this and “the best” that, but how could I really know? Have I tried them all? Have I run a taste test with objective testers?

No. No I haven’t.

These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!

But if there’s one thing my high school English teacher taught me that stuck, it’s that when you’re writing, don’t ever write “I think” or “this is my opinion”. This is YOUR writing, obviously it’s your opinion, and saying so is redundant and just weakens your writing. SO, I know you don’t care about any of that, but let me just say that you’re going to assume that everything I write hear is my opinion, and I’m not going to tell you that over and over.

Moving on.

These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!

So I was watching The Pioneer Woman at the end of last summer, and she was making “the best burgers”. She said the secret to the best burgers was to put a frozen cube of butter in the middle of the meat! She also added caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar.

I made some notes so I could try to make these incredible burgers the next Spring (now!). And I did.

And you know what? They totally failed. The butter thing is really weird. It just becomes a melted puddle of butter in the middle of the burger. It makes the burgers break open and fall apart. But my husband said the flavor was good and not to change anything about that.

And since I wanted to make these for my husband for Father’s Day, he gets the last say.

I kept the caramelized onion and balsamic ideas from The Pioneer Woman, but I added my own flavors and I really think these are BETTER than your average burger. Caramelizing things adds flavor, we all know this! But how often do we see cooked onions, garlic, spices added to burgers? I had never seen it before.

Toasting the garlic and spices with the onions before adding it to the burgers is key — it wakens them up and brings out the flavors so much more intensely! Be sure to brush with your favorite barbecue sauce (if desired) and top them as you like: cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mustard, relish — whatever suits your fancy! For me? I’m a plain Jane: just ketchup and pickles!

These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!

*NOTES:

  • Raw burgers freeze extremely well, so feel free to make them ahead of time or make a whole bunch and freeze some for later.
  • If you’re looking to make these gluten free, try subbing the bread crumbs for gluten free bread crumbs, or finely crushed gluten free potato or tortilla chips.

The Best Burgers

These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 294kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fine seasoned bread crumbs see above for gluten free options
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Barbecue sauce for basting and toppings as desired

Instructions

  • In a medium pan, melt butter over medium heat and add onions, stirring until coated. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes, until tender and translucent.
  • Add brown sugar and continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes, until caramelized.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat 1 minute. Remove from heat, scrape into a bowl and refrigerate until room temperature (if you're making this ahead, be sure to cover the dish after the onions have cooled to store for longer periods of time).
  • In a large bowl, combine pork, beef, egg, bread crumbs, vinegar worcestershire sauce and cooled onion mixture and mix just until combined -- don't overmix.
  • Shape into 8 patties for ΒΌ pound burgers (feel free to make them bigger or smaller according to your preferences).
  • *Recommended: place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. You can also place in the freezer for 2-3 hours. This isn't necessary but really helps the flavors meld together and helps the burgers stay together when cooked.
  • In a pan or on a grill, cook burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side on medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Serve as desired with buns, garnishes, sauces, etc.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 430mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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The Best Burgers
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These are the BEST Burgers! Made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and MORE that makes them so much more flavorful than other burgers!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fine seasoned bread crumbs (see above for gluten free options)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Barbecue sauce for basting and toppings as desired
Instructions
  1. In a medium pan, melt butter over medium heat and add onions, stirring until coated. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes, until tender and translucent.
  2. Add brown sugar and continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes, until caramelized.
  3. Add garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat 1 minute. Remove from heat, scrape into a bowl and refrigerate until room temperature (if you’re making this ahead, be sure to cover the dish after the onions have cooled to store for longer periods of time).
  4. In a large bowl, combine pork, beef, egg, bread crumbs, vinegar worcestershire sauce and cooled onion mixture and mix just until combined — don’t overmix.
  5. Shape into 8 patties for 1/4 pound burgers (feel free to make them bigger or smaller according to your preferences).
  6. *Recommended: place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. You can also place in the freezer for 2-3 hours. This isn’t necessary but really helps the flavors meld together and helps the burgers stay together when cooked.
  7. In a pan or on a grill, cook burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side on medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Serve as desired with buns, garnishes, sauces, etc.

 

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  1. Alice Carroll says

    Wow, I really like how you incorporated caramelized onions in this recipe. Ever since I was a kid, I always avoided eating onions because of how pungent they are but eventually learned to eat the ones that came in burgers and onion rings. I hope I can find a good burger restaurant that has an option for caramelized onions because I haven’t tried something like that before.

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  2. Stephanie says

    Yum! I have some caramelized onions in the freezer. How much would you add to the burger mixture – 1/2 cup? Your burgers look like absolute winners!

  3. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Lol, Preach girl!! And stand in your truth! πŸ˜‰ Love your attitude, Ashley! And I LOVE these burgers! Total flavor bomb of juicy, meaty deliciousness up in here! I want to take a big ole bit outta my screen! We have been grilling all the things on the weekends and I am toe-ts adding these bad boys to the list – Burgers it’s what’s for dinnah! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!

  4. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    I never made my own burgers, but I REALLY want to make these! Adding all those caramelized goodies sounds so delicious. The butter thing sounds good in theory…but weird in reality! I’ll stick to your version, please πŸ˜‰

  5. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! These sound pretty darn good to me! Nothing beats a great burger! I’m a pickle, mustard and onion person myself. I make Chorizo with ground pork and sometimes mix it with beef for burgers.

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Ok that does sound really weird to put butter in the middle of a burger! Sounds interesting, but I’m glad you tested it out. I’ve been craving burgers a lot lately since grilling season is just about here. I could really go for one of these burgers today. Love that you used ground beef and pork!

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