Hamburgers, All Dressed Up

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We splurged on hamburgers for our Easter dinner. Yes, splurged! It was a splurge for two reasons. First, because I don’t often serve a big hunk of meat to everyone. These were 1/3 pound each – and the kids were thrilled! 😀 And second, because of all the simple, yet special touches: a hint of mint in the burgers, carmelized onions, melted homemade queso fresco cheese, buns from Erin’s sourdough English muffins, and liberally spread homemade mayonnaise. The burgers were pretty much over-the-top awesome!

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Basic Hamburgers

  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced very fine
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried mint (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients together well. Shape into 6 or 8 patties of desired size and thickness. I did 6 patties that were 5 inches in diameter. Fry over medium heat in a cast iron skillet until thoroughly cooked and browned on both sides. Transfer to lidded baking dish to keep warm. Repeat for all hamburgers.

This is the same base recipe as for my Arabic meatballs; always a hit!

Carmelized Onions

While hamburgers are frying, slice 1 or 2 onions. Put in a cast-iron skillet along with several tablespoons of fat (tallow, butter, coconut oil, red palm oil, etc.), and cook over medium to medium-low heat until the onions are deep brown and soft. Remove from heat.


Of course there are many ways to put together a hamburger. Here’s a suggestion, and what we did for Easter. Slice open a sourdough English muffin for each person. Spread liberally with homemade lacto-fermented mayonnaise. Place a hamburger on one side of the muffin. Top the burrger with queso fresco cheese (raw and melty!) and a heap of onions. Close the bun and serve!

How do you dress up your hamburgers? Please share!

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  1. says

    I make my own “corn relish” to use on burgers. Altered recipes from years back! My corn relish is sunny garden in a jar to brighten the winter days! I include hunks of: corn, tomato, peppers of many colours, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, etc. Whatever I can find in the garden goes in there! I also reduce the salt/sugar and will use sucanat for they purpose as much as I can… I adore it and it will make me smile just looking at it!

  2. Christie says

    Mmmmm! I haven’t had a burger in a long while!

    We love english muffins for buns. I need to make that recipe!

  3. says

    Those burgers look great, and we’re a big burger family…we eat them once a week, at least! :) I haven’t tried mint w/beef, but we love our lamb patties w/mint…I’ll have to try this!

    My favorite burger is super simple. Sourdough bread, LF mayo, raw onion, and LF ginger carrots. Oh and LF kraut on the side. My family isn’t quite on board with the ginger carrots *on* the burger, but I think it’s deeeelish!
    .-= Jen´s last blog post… LF Herbed Chicken Salad =-.

  4. says

    Sandra – Oh, yumm! I’d love to see your recipe for that. You’re making me wish I had a garden, though. someday… I bet it would make you smile!

    Christie – I hadn’t had a burger in a long while either. Please do make the muffins, they are that good!

    Jen – I think I would like ginger carrots on the burger, too. Pretty sure the family wouldn’t. 😉 I hope to get some lamb soon, oh a lamb burger is amazing…

  5. says

    Wardee, those burgers look amazing! I’m gonna have to give those muffins a try… I’ve been meaning to do just that. We’ve had your Cinnamon Raisin Honey Spelt Biscuits this week, and they are soooo delicious! I’m smitten with them. And coconut oil is fast becoming one of my favorite oils. There’s not much it can’t do! We even rub some on our skin for lotion. My daughter has really sensitive skin, and any time it’s irritated, the coconut oil soothes her within minutes. Amazing stuff! : ) Melissa
    .-= Melissa´s last blog post… In the Kitchen =-.

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