Garlic Burger with BBQ Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

For when you’re looking to up your game – but still keep things simple – try these juicy burgers, smothered with mushrooms and onions and an extra thick barbecue sauce. My secret shortcut is to go with bottled sauce – as long it’s a good one – and reduce it down. I like Austin’s Own brand, but if you don’t have that in your area, use a basic tomato-based barbecue sauce.

Garlic Burger with BBQ Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
For when you're looking to up your game – but still keep things simple – try these juicy burgers, smothered with mushrooms and onions and an extra thick barbecue sauce. My secret shortcut is to go with bottled sauce – as long it's a good one – and reduce it down. I like Austin's Own brand, but if you don't have that in your area, use a basic tomato-based barbecue sauce.
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Servings 4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground meat of your preference
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • ½ pound cremini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for cooking the burgers
  • 1 ½ cups tomato based barbecue sauce
  • ½ – ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese, or substitute feta or goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the meat in a bowl and add the chopped garlic, gently incorporating. Form into four patties and drizzle olive oil on each side. Season each side with a sprinkle of salt and set aside until ready to grill. You can form these a few hours ahead of time and place in the refrigerator.
  • Heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saute pan. Cook the onions with a teaspoon of salt over medium heat for 15 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and cook until the liquid from the mushrooms has cooked off, about another 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning, and keep warm.
  • While the onions and mushrooms are cooking, pour the barbecue sauce in a small pan with plenty of freshly cracked black pepper and cook until reduced and thickened considerably. It should be the consistency of thick ketchup. The amount of time it takes will depend on the brand of sauce. It could take up to 20 minutes at a low simmer. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Keep the sauce warm while you make the burgers.
  • Heat your grill, or warm a saute pan, and cook the patties, turning once or twice, until cooked through for turkey, or until your desired doneness for beef. The amount of time will depend on the meat that you use, and how you like your burger.
  • Serve the burgers with the buns, sauce, mushrooms and onions, and top with the blue cheese crumbles, or cheese of choice.

Notes

  • You can make the sauce and mushrooms and onions ahead of time and reheat while the burgers are cooking.
  • Use ground turkey, chicken, beef, pork or fish for these burgers, or even a small boneless chicken breast. For a vegetarian option, use grilled portobello mushrooms or store-bought veggie burgers.
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