Friday, January 2

Resolution 2009: Eat More Burgers. Starting With a Give-Away of La Cense Beef!

a Southwest hamburger

Eat less. Spend less money. Watch less TV. Ever notice how most New Year's resolutions are all about deprivation? Well, I'm not doing it.

For me 2009 is gonna be the year of more -- eating more hamburgers. Not McDonald's or Wendy's, but homemade. I may not have a drive through, but I've got the best hamburgers I've ever eaten. It started out with a sample of grass-fed beef from La Cense, a ranch in Montana. I was not expecting much; I'm not really not a hamburger kind of girl. They claim that their unique stress-free ranching, marbled beef, and aging process makes for a beef flavor that's truer, cleaner, and more complex. I have to say, I actually agree with them. It is delicious.

la cense frozen beef
(La Cense beef is packaged with dry ice.)

I made these burgers during an NFL football marathon last weekend. The burgers were better than the football (and there was some really good football last weekend). I grilled them adulterated. The meat was tender, juicy, and richly flavorful. Plus since they're 100% lean beef, they maintained their shape perfectly.

I thought I would just add some caramelized onions and then halfway through cooking them, I decided to turn them into Southwest Burgers. I slathered the smoky grilled meat with a spicy, creamy chipotle mayo and topped them with a mound a sweet, sticky caramelized onions and melted Cheddar cheese. Of course, all of this meaty goodness was sandwiched inside of a toasted sesame seed hamburger bun. (Ta-da-ta-ta-taaaah! I'm lovin' it!)

Now, you know you want a burger too. And starting today, you have a chance to win your own free package of La Cense beef. Here's what you have to do to win:

Just tell me what your favorite type of hamburger is by the end of the day, January 16, 2009. That's it.

One winner, who will need to provide her or his real name and mailing address, will be randomly selected and announced in a future post, so please check back. Don't have a blog? Just leave an active email address where you can be reached. My apologies to my international readers, but given the perishable nature of the prize, winners are limited to US residents.

Finally, if you like a good party, then consider becoming a member of the Grass-Fed Party, "an organization of people who support grass-fed foods and sustainable ranching and believe that American can hold higher standards to its cattle industry." Now that's my kind of New Year's resolution.

a Southwest hamburger

The Southwest Hamburger

Makes 2 (8 oz) or 4 (4 oz) burgers
Print recipe only here.


1 pound La Cense hamburger
hamburger buns
a dab of butter or canola oil

1 teaspoon canola oil
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon soy mayonnaise (or mayo of your choice)
1 tablespoon chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
a squeeze of lime juice

4 ounces sliced Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese


Preheat the grill to medium high. Using your hands, form the hamburger into patties and set aside.

On the stove top, pour 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the sliced onions; sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar evenly over the onions and toss to coat. Cook the onions for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally until caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix mayo, chiles in adobo sauce, and lime juice; set aside.

Once the grill is hot, place the hamburgers on a clean, well-oiled grate and close the grill cover. Grill for 5-6 minutes per side, or as long as you prefer. (Don't squeeze them flat with a spatula or you'll release their delicious juices.) Use a meat thermometer for the precise level of doneness -- a medium burger is 130 degrees. Cook the meat less is you prefer it rare or longer if you prefer it well done.

Brush the hamburger buns with a dab of butter or oil. Grill for 1 minute or until desired level of toastiness is reached.

Spread some chipotle mayo on the toasted buns. Place hamburgers on the buns and top with cheese, so it will melt. Mound some caramelized onions on top, and eat immediately!

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169 comments:

Wendy said...

That photo has me salivating all over my keyboard!! It's been ages since I had a burger. Must change that soon.

Christie Stump said...

That burger looks amazing! I love a good burger piled high with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and chipotle cheddar cheese! I haven't had one in FOREVER though so you've inspired me!

Susan C said...

Your resolution sounds like mine: Drink more bubbly.

I love an open-faced burger with sour cream and salty roe.

Erin said...

Any burger is a good burger, but a great one always has bacon and caramelized onions on it!

Megan said...

Good old cheeseburger with sweet pickel ralish is my favorite. But your SW burger sounds mighty fine. I love chipotle!

familiabencomo said...

Yumm! Happy New Year! Gosh, you're right about the deprivation.... I'm going to focus on doing more of everything. I bet this burger is good with sweet potato fries.

xoxox Amy

Nicole said...

My favorite burger is a thick medium rare chunk of beef with cheddar cheese, carmelized onions, crispy bacon, and bbq sauce. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

canole07 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

a good mushroom swiss burger is ohhhhhh soo good......

thanks for the opportunity....

Dottie

msmean1 at aol dot com

Mel said...

oh man.. that burger looks GOOOOD!
I like a burger with provolone, avacado and red onion.. yum! If I could afford grass-fed beef, I would get it.. but I'm eating less meat now.. kindda miss it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yay, that's a great resolution! I also plan to eat more burgers (only homemade, of course ;-P)... Yummy, this one looks incredibly scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mira said...

Favorite hamburger no doubt is the "western bacon cheeseburger" Hamburger patty, onion ring, bbq sauce, and bacon! :)

Kara said...

ANY kind of cheeseburger, hold the pickles, makes this girl happy. And of course, I wouldn't turn down sauteed mushrooms, carmelized onions, and/or bacon!

rookie cookie said...

Yeah, that picture isn't even fair. I am going to need a hamburger SOON.

My Current favorite burger (because it can change at any given moment)? The green chile burger at Diamond Grill in podunk Salem, UT. Those people know just what to do with a burger.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

My goodness! That is one helluva burger! I'm not a big burger girl either, but Mr. SGCC lives for them.

My favorite kind to make are with caramelized onions and melted brie on top. Of course, you've gotta have some mayo mixed in with your ketchup too. ;)

Happy New Year, Susan! I hope it's filled with health, happiness and lots of delicious food!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

What a gorgeous piece of meat. (Hmmm...that sounds slightly naughty). I love all of those onions on top. It's great to have access to really high quality beef.

I discovered a great burger place near my office called the Burger Bar that serves up my new favorite burger. I love a big fat patty, topped with chedder cheese and caramelized onions. A pickle on the side is a must.

Since I can't cook beef at home, my favorite burger to make is a turkey burger seasoned with sauteed onions and chipotle powder, served on a bun with guacamole, and a homemade ketchup made from fire-roasted tomatoes seasoned with smoked paprika.

Suzan said...

My favorite burger is one that has some steak grill seasoning on it, barbecue sauce, grilled onions and mushrooms and bread and butter pickles.

Suzan
suehersk@hotmail.com

Elra said...

Grass fed meat, my husband is everything about free range, organic, grass fed way before all of this become a new thing here in CA. Anyway, he loves a classic burger and especially buffalo burger. Me? I am still having a hard time of putting burger in my mouth. I don't have any idea why? too plain, maybe?
So maybe my resolution should be, learning to eat burger and appreciate burger! Sounds like a good resolution to me!
Cheers,
Elra

sra said...

That's a nice insight into New Year resolutions - mine is to be less lazy, so that's about deprivation too, yes. :-)

Happy New Year!

mccutcheon said...

mmmmm... now I want a burger and will no way be content with the pasta dish I'm going to whip up now :(
that looks sooo yummy!

Louise at Livin Local said...

What a timely post, as some friends and I are getting together to buy half a grass fed cow and split it up. (Already butchered and packaged of course ... and buying half of a cow together allows the butcher to bypass those huge meat processing plants as I understand.)

A good burger has to have iceberg lettuce, tomato slices, red onion, and then one really gooey sauce. The sauce really depends on the mood ... could be blue cheese sauce, spicy mustard, chipolte ... but it MUST make an absolute mess as it oozes out the other side when you take a bit. Mmmmmmmm.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Wow - that's a beautiful thing! I'm ready to fire up the grill right now, and my favorite burger of choice would be topped with apple smoked bacon and blue cheese!

Kevin said...

My favorite burger! We go and buy the bread from Macaroni Grill for the bun. We then make about a 1 1/2 lb. patty with smoked provolone cheese. Then we place caramelized red onion, red bell peppers and pablano peppers over the top of the patty and finish off the bun with a creamy Italian dressing.

Quarter the big burger and serve with garlic fries!

glutenfreeforgood said...

I like my burgers topped with fire roasted green chiles and colby cheese — no bun. That may sound unimaginative and boring, but simple is the best way to treat high-quality food. Why mess with something that's good to begin with?

Having said that, the most important thing to me about your post is that La Cense is totally committed to humane and compassionate ranching. Their beef is also grass-fed from beginning to end, unlike many other "grass-fed" beef and bison products. It is better for the land, better for the cattle, and better for our health.

It may be more expensive to buy beef from ranchers like La Cense, but we should buy the best and eat less. We don't need a giant serving of grain fed, inhumanely treated industrial beef. A smaller portion of the good stuff will support your own body better and help support sustainable farming and ranching.

Oops, sorry about the food politics diatribe, but this is one of my passions. Go for the real thing. Plus, it tastes better, too!
:-)

Melissa
P.S. Happy New Year, Susan. Wishing you health, happiness, and good food in 2009!

Torina said...

My husband makes the best burgers. He pats out some meat and we grill sliced onions and zucchini. He adds his secret seasoning mix as he makes the patties. At the end, he adds some thick sliced cheddar cheese...delicious.

Jack said...

We go back and forth between a basic mushroom swiss and what we call our ATO burger - Avocado Tomato and Onion. Although I must say that we are open to any number of creative toppings. The pic looks great!

Melissa said...

My favorite burger is a little bacon cheeseburger with just a little ketchup and mustard.
mat032008@aol.com

Amy Sherman said...

My favorite? A burger stuffed with blue cheese and topped with grilled onions. Uh oh, now I want one...

Anna said...

Favorite burger (so far) is a goat cheese and thyme stuffed turkey burger topped with roasted red peppers. Am now sad there's no fresh meat in the fridge...

Jamaila said...

I love a classic cheeseburger, with lettuce, tomatoes, and onion -- all as fresh as can be! -- piled on with pickles and ketchup. And good cheddar cheese, of course!

And here's my dirty secret -- I'm an avid Spongebob Squarepants watcher, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I see him at work (at the local burger joint of course) I crave a burger. And far too often, I give in!

Aunt Kristina said...

I was just thinking it'd been too long since we had burgers for dinner--and my husband and I are dying to try grass-fed beef from a local ranch. Maybe once we can afford a stand-alone freeze to store the meat....

I LOVE burgers mixed with a little montreal steak seasoning--topped with lots of pickle, fresh tomato slices, blue cheese, home-made onion straws, and ketchup/mustard/mayo. Of course--I also prefer the buns toasted :)

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Mmmm. Love burgers and my favorite is with guacamole and pico de gallo!

Anonymous said...

The best burger I've ever eaten is called a SwampBurger, and as far as I know, the only place you can get one is Rickey's Bar & Grill in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Only Rickey can tell you how it's made; however, I can tell you about a mighty fine burger I make at home using ground turkey, pulverized stuffing mix, a bit of olive oil (ground turkey can be pretty dry) and kosher salt.
Should I win the beef, I can be reached at expat39520@hotmail.com.

pxilated said...

I love a burger, especially rare. =) Happy New Year.
pxilated at gmail.com

AllisonWonderland said...

ooh, my favorite burger, this is hard. and kinda funny.I never ever ate hamburgers growing up, thought they were disgusting. Now, my favorite is not one of those HUGE ones,but normal size, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms, ketchup and mayo. yum..

Mike @ TrialbyFood said...

My favorite burger would have a combination of chuck and pork for the meat, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and a blue cheese sauce on a toasted whole wheat bun with a small piece of lettuce for crunch.

I should probably do a post about that now come to think of it ;)
Cheers for the new year!

Grace A. said...

My favorite burger is a good quality hand formed burger with cheddar cheese, bacon(everything's better with bacon!)and a fried egg, over easy, on top!
Although many of the above suggestions sound tasty!

Lucy said...

i love a burger with mushrooms and some creamy cheese!

lucycontest at gmail.com

chefectomy said...

Perfection!
Guacamole, pepperjack and roasted anaheim chile. HNY!

--Marc

ttfn300 said...

close tie betw one with sauteed mushrooms and spinach and goat cheese, and the one i had with roquefort (i think) in the middle topped with caramelized onions... *swoon*

Sig said...

:) I am resolving to do more on the blogging front, and less on the eating front... Not sure how that will work out...but I will have to pass on these burgers ;)
Wish you and Jeff a fabulous new year!

Sandy's Place said...

My fav:
Toasted burger buns layered with lettuce, tomato, medium rare burger,
pepper jack cheese, bbq sauce, carmelized onions, mushrooms, topped with stacker pickle.

I'm drooling already.

Grateful Gramma said...

A blue cheese burger. YUM!

Rita said...

It's always nice to support good people and good business. I like veggieburgers with caramelized onions and chiplote mayo. Andrew has thesame, but with "real" burger meat...

cdziuba said...

A fabulous medium burger topped with melted cheddar, two strips of bacon, a tomato slice, several pickles, and lots of ketchup. cdziuba@aol.com

Patsyk said...

My ideal burger would be topped with sauteed mushrooms and Vidalia onions... burger perfection!

Vicki said...

You've got me craving a burger with caramelized onions and bleu cheese. Yum!

ChichaJo said...

I am drooling over that burger!!! Too bad, US residents only, sniff sniff...will just have to appease myself with your amazing picture :)

I agree with you about the resolutions...we should for once focus on what we should do MORE of :)

amanda said...

Happy New Year Susan! I love your resolution. I tend to just skip over the whole resolution thing and just see where each year takes me. Into eating more burgers would be a GREAT thing. ;-)

I think the best burger that I have ever eaten was the one at Father's Office in Culver City. Perfect texture & sturdiness of bread, extremely high quality freshly ground beef...mmm mmm i'm drooling just thinking about it!

Amy said...

I love a juicy burger with ketchup, pickles, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, on a Kaiser roll.

haleysuzanne said...

Oh, I love a good burger with my homemade spice rub (dill seed is the secret weapon) with plenty of mustard and onions and pickles. Yum! Too bad it's cold out, or we'd have to grill tomorrow!

mindy said...

a mushroom and fried onion burger with horseradish sauce thanks for the contest and making me hungry!!! minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I admit to being a burger addict -- I love them, no apologies! If the beef is really good, then I just like to throw them on the grill, with no seasoning, letting the smoke of the grill give flavor -- and perhaps a slice of nice Cheddar cheese. And ketchup. Always ketchup. I'm such a kid....

The Italian Dish said...

I'm a big grass fed fan. I would love to try La Cense after hearing about them for years. My favorite way to have a burger is pretty traditional, actually - lots of catsup, some mayo, lettuce, big slices of raw onion and tomato. Soooo good!

taterbug said...

I like grilled beef hamburger patty, add barbecue sauce, bacon, onion rings, pickle, and cheddar cheese. Now, I'm hungry and don't have the stuff to make a burger. Gotta go to the grocery first thing in the morning.

Debbie said...

I'm from a rural area in NC where there are lots of "hole in the wall" places to eat with delicious food. The burger of choice for me would be a pimento cheeseburger at one of the area diners. It is a beef patty with chili, pimento cheese & barbecue slaw on a toasted bun. The pimento cheese oozes out the side as you attempt to take a bite. All I can say is yummmm! But the pic of your burger looks absolutely divine!

Debbie---tdsmothers@triad.rr.com

Min said...

Oh, I love burgers. Sometimes we mix in a bit of pork sausage and fresh herbs; other times we just eat them plain, but always, always grilled. Recently I've fallen in love with Pressed Cuban-Style Burgers (recipe here: http://bad-girls-kitchen.blogspot.com/2008/11/pressed-cuban-style-burger.html)

Thanks for the post!
cowgirlmin07(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Topher said...
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Topher said...

Medium with onions and something spicy as well as lettuce and maybe some tomatoes and pickles


Thanks for the opportunity!

zekks at yahoo dot com

Val said...

The best burger has melted cheese, carmelized onions & 2 strips of bacon on top. Mmmmmm..

Sometimes, if I have a burger that is less than stellar, I will add Sweet/Fire pickles as well.

Pick me! I LOVE burgers.
v_lavine@yahoo.com

Nick said...

My favorite burger, hmm...

Lean beef patty, really juicy but not fatty, full of robust beefy flavor.

a slice of either sharp cheddar or pepper jack on top, thinly sliced tomatoes, the top part of a romaine lettuce leaf.

and a dill spear on the side.


And of course, such a burger also deserves the soft light of a new england, summer night.


perpetual.apathetic@gmail.com

oobinsnaffa said...

My perfect burger is anything that involves thick peppery bacon and bleu cheese. I am drooling just thinking about it! ;)

smathie(at)gmail(dot)com :D

Bev said...

A friend who had been eating vegetarian for a long time, once gave in to several servings of a grass-fed beef roast. Grass-fed is so much better!

My choice of burger would be grilled beef topped with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, tomato,lettuce and mayonnaise.

If I win the La Cense, contact me at sunny2007one(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks for the contest!

Snooky doodle said...

this hamburger looks so so good! i m drooling and then its made homemade which makes it even more irresistible :)

TLB said...

Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger for me!

Colloquial Cook said...

Oh I love me a good hamburger with caramelized onions - just that (and a good bun, of course)!

carolasar said...

Swiss and mushroom burger with lettuce and tomato- yum!

moonpie said...

I love a grilled burger with mustard, lettuce, tomato, raw onion and pickles. Great contest!!

Maryann said...

Not very exciting, but I just like mine with a little ketchup and onion :)

MaddieV said...

That looks delicious! My kind of burger is medium rare with dijon, avocado, and caramelized red onion on a homemade whole wheat bun.


corpabella@gmail.com

reneelaney said...

My favorite burger is with BBQ sauce, roasted peppers and onions, spicy mustard, sharp cheddar

elly said...

This looks so great! My favorite pretty normal burger is a medium burger with cheddar and mushrooms. Another less traditional one I love is a greek-spiced lamburger with some tzatziki!

Kelly said...

I love a burger with teryaki and grilled pineapple- yum!

DocChuck said...

We are burger lovers, and as a 66-year old native Texan (with relatives in the beef business), I used to eschew 'grass fed' beef.

However, over the last few years my taste has changed significantly.

Now my favorite burger is made with ground bison (from South Dakota) topped with Vermont Cabot-brand cheddar cheese.

A thin slice of red onion, ripe tomato slice, and a dab of Hellmans mayo -- I am in burger heaven.

RONIN said...

I like most any kind of burger. Just add some American cheese, mustard, lettuce, tomato and onions and I'm happy. :-)

Bellini Valli said...

I live in Canada so I'll have to say Where's the Beef? buy my favourite burger is topped with homemade guacamole, red onions and machee.
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wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring
the best to you and yours!

Anya said...

I like burgers with bleu cheese and onions.

Jilly from NC said...

I like a pretty basic burger - little salt, pepper, good cheddar, slice of red onion, slice of tomato, couple pieces of juicy/crispy iceburg, slather of mayo, ketchup and mustard (ketchup can NOT be touching tomato!!)

MMM summer.

Anonymous said...

A Patty Melt! Burger between two pieces of rye toast; swiss cheese;
Yum!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Linda
sullivanjavanet@gmail.com

Beth said...

Mmm..I can't turn away a cheeseburger, and the gooey-er the cheese and the sweeter the carmalized onions the better! Thanks for doing the giveaway!
Beth in NJ

The Food Hunter said...

That burger looks delicious. I like my burgers with lettuce tomato and blue cheese. Now I'm craving a burger...I think that's what we'll have for dinner tonight Thanks!

PaniniKathy said...

I gave you a "stumble" on that first photo alone before I even got to read the post! I do enjoy a good burger, that one just looked heavenly. I suppose my favorite is the one they make at Jake's in Del Mar - half pound juicy cheddar burger with all the fixings on (here's the best part) a sweet Hawaiian roll. I can't seem to find the bun-sized Hawaiian rolls in the stores, so every once in a while I have to treat myself to a Jake's burger to enjoy it :-)

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet said...

Mmm mouthwatering. when I first saw your photo, the chipotle mayo reminded me of the super spicy peri-peri (South African) sauce that they use on burgers in Ghana.

My favorite commercially prepared burger is a Kewpees burger from Racine, WI. Tiny hole in the wall with a much deserved reputation.

But if I'm making it myself, high grade blue cheese, caramelized onions, grainy mustard, sour dough bun (toasted) with a bit of mayo.

skinnygourmet@gmail.com

Irishkel said...

A beef burger, cooked on the back yard grill, served on a fresh roll with lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup and mayo. Oh and a few pickle slices. MMMMMmmmmmm

Deborah Dowd said...

I love a burger with cheese (pepper jack), sliced avocado and lots of mayo! Simple is best when the meat is good and the charcoal is hot!

tlcfromtn said...

My favorite is a bacon cheeseburger medium well with lettuce, tomato, mayo and ketchup. Thanks for the giveaway!

braaisjo at gmail dot com

Helen said...

Nothing beats a simple cheeseburger, medium rare. I've never made a burger myself so the La Cense beef would be a great start!

ikes said...

i like a straight up cheeseburger, like the cheddar burger at crazyburger. lettuce/tomatoes/onions/pickles/ketchup are good toppings.

ps. that burger looks GREAT

Anonymous said...

Any sloppy street-cart burger - overflowing with grease and condiments, eaten warm standing and without napkins hehehe! :) Oh ok, if you want details - a juicy patty wrapped in egg, no cheese, plenty of sauteed onions, and a salty buttered charred bun.

Jasmine

shoutingforha said...

I am a traditional kind-of girl. I love my burgers with cheddar cheese, pickle, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and grainy mustard.

tattwo said...

Wow, I can see myself drooling already over these burgers. I love a good juicy burger cooked on the grill with cheddar cheese on a kaiser roll. Yummmm. Thanks for the giveaway. ditkaren at aol dot com.

Susan said...

Oh Yum- that burger is beautiful! Made me hungry!
My favorite burger ususally has provolone cheese-wild mushrooms that have been sauted with onions-baby greens and a slice of garden tomatoe!
Of course I like horseradish sauce too!

Esi said...

Wonderful giveaway! Would you believe I have never made my own burger? My favorite though is from Chaya Brasserie with caramelized onions, cheddar, and a spicy mayo. It's amazing.

Ivy said...

We too only eat homemade burgers. Although we don't put them in buns, pickles,caramelized onions and tzatziki are perfect with biftekia. Happy New Year Susan!!

Kevin said...

What a tasty looking burger!

Frank said...

Toasted Bun, thick patty(med.rare!), lettuce, tomato, red onion, mustard-the standard all-American.
Happy New Year!
FM

cooknkate said...

Our burgers are always made with ground turkey, or for an indulgence, buffalo. I mix minced mushrooms and spinach into the meat, bread crumbs and seasonings, then top them with spinach leaves and olive tapenade. They are divine!

Anonymous said...

I love burgers. My favorite food? Meat.

My favorite burger is cooked up at Kuma's Corner and has a thick layer of goat cheese, fresh pico de gallo, and a smoky chipotle pepper. It is fantastic!

Jasmine
she8itall-burger[at]yahoo[dot]com

una donna dolce said...

Our favorite is a burger made with a mix of beef, lamb and bison, with some finely minced onion and worcestershire sauce mixed into the patties, topped with melted smoked gouda, bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms cooked in the bacon fat, and sandwiched between 2 homemade whole wheat buns spread with chipotle mayo.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Melted provolone cheese, a little ketchup, and raw vilalia onions!!

bloggingmom said...

I really enjoy a great burger. Just cheddar cheese and some onions is all I require for a great burger. Oh, I almost forgot! Great beef makes for a great burger!!

Anonymous said...

my best hamburger take two patties make indentation in one fill with blue cheese press other Pattie on top cook medium rare serve on toasted sesame seed bun .
Judith

Heather said...

Of course the best burger is one grilled in your own backyard with lots of friends around. I'll take mine with a slice of processed cheese, pickles, lettuce and a drop of ketchup. Mmmmmm. I wonder if 18 degree weather is too cold for grilling.

Jaime said...

i'm lovin' your SW burger too, susan! my favorite burger is the hawaiian one at islands - with swiss cheese, teriyaki sauce, and a grilled pineapple slice :)

happy new year!

veron said...

Yum! I love a burger with swiss cheese and mushrooms!

hoppy okapi said...

My favorite burger is seasoned with Penzey's Chicago Steak Seasoning, topped with carmelized onions, bacon, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing - over the top rich, but so good!
--Amanda (hoppyokapi(AT)gmail.com)

Rajee said...

Great resolutin. Share burger with me.

Maggie said...

Great looking burger!

myfrenchkitchen said...

This is one delicious burger Susan! Have wonderful 2009!
Ronell

leena! said...

That burger looks so delicious, and it is barely 10 am! My favorite burger is well seasoned and cooked to a perfect medium, on a toasted brioche bun with sour cream, caramelized onions, and aged white cheddar cheese with a few crisp slices of artisan Applewood smoked bacon. Just typing it out makes me salivate!

Joanna said...

I love a regular burger with LOTS of mustard!

ames said...

Any burger, so long as it has caramelized or fried onions and loads of toppings on it!

MrsDocChuck said...

My husband's doctor has been pleading with him for years to cut down on his twice-weekly trips to Red Robin, where he is known to overindulge.

So, thanks to our New Year's Resolution, you'll be seeing a lot more TURKEY and VEGGIE burgers going down our Gullets. LOL!

jillian said...

I love a burger with red onion, cheese and ketchup. Simple but good!

Get Go Retro said...

Everyone is right. The burger pictured looks fantastic. First things first, the burger has to have "GOOD" cheese and it's the pickle that makes it. It also has to be cooked on a seasoned griddle or cast iron pan. No seasonings except salt and pepper -- cooked medium well ... and I prefer a veal, pork and sirloin mixture for mine.

But, I'll eat whatever is put in front of me : ) when someone else is the cook!

linda said...

Happy New Year burger girl ;)

samantha Hall said...

My favorite is with BBQ sauce and sauteed onions. with cheese, cannot have a hamburger without cheese.

Joanna said...

Your hamburger inspires me to definitely make more burgers this year (love them!)
I love a good black and blue (blackened with blue cheese) or spicy (chipotle mixed in with the meat) with the cheese in the middle of the burger - melty cheese in every bite!
YUM!

GiGi said...

I am a LOVER of all things grass-fed! Every day I eat grass-fed beef, bison, ostrich, venison, goat, lamb & elk! By Far Beef is my all time ground meat!

But I have to say my all time burger mix is grass-fed lamb burgers with grilled onions & eggplant all atop spaghetti squash & sauteed spinach with sun-dried tomatoes! As a matter of fact, I am having that exact dinner tonight!!

When I make beef burgers I typically keep them plain because they are so delicious that they do not NEED ANY sort of topping to make them even better! But sometimes when I am feeling like a "chef" I add diced onions, tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts & olive tapenade! AMAZING!!!

Abby said...

Happy New Year, Susan!

My favorite hamburger is an Abby Burger, I guess. Grilled or pan fried burger (a Southern way, dontcha know), with mayo, yellow mustard, sliced onions, mayo slaw and sweet pickles - all on a toasted sesame bun.

With the exception of the pickles, which have to be my mom's homemade kind, it's basically a hamburger made like a slaw dog, which you find on menus around here!

Jamie said...

My favorite is a blue cheese (with sun-dried tomatoes) hamburger topped with onions, mustard, tomatoes and ketchup. Yum

Jeanne said...

I absoluitely support your "more is more" campaign in 2009 :)

Doubt that the meat woudl make it across the Atlantic to me, but for the rocord, the best burger I ever made was a pork burger with generous lashings of fresh cilantro and chipotle chitney in the patty - heaven!

Imafoodblog said...

My boyfriend makes his burgers nice and thick with chopped onions mixed in the meat, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt & pepper - topped with cheese, lettuce & pickles (bacon if we are being naughty). He uses a mix of chuck and sirloin, cooked medium rare.

purplejuli said...

I am a simple woman-- I like ground chuck, salted and grilled. On top of the burger, shredded lettuce, tomato and thinly sliced onion. To hold it together a little ketchup and mayonnaise.

LeslieVeg said...

My favorite burger is a bacon swiss burger!!! Thanks for sharing!
Good luck to all!

Lindsay said...

I love making burgers with blue cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, and arugula on ciabatta bread. I'm pregnant and craving it at this moment now.

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Terri said...

My favorite burger is med-rare, loaded with bacon, mushrooms, onion, cheddar, topped with lettuce, tomato and ketchup on a toasted bun!

Diane said...

I've always loved olive burgers!

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Vid said...

I have to say that I've eaten and loved a LOT of burgers. My favorite one to make at home (and my fiance's favorite for me to make) is probably a Greek burger with homemade tzatziki sauce.

My favorite to order in a restaurant is usually mushroom-swiss.

angelacisco said...

My favorite burger is a big fat greasy one with american cheese bacon mayo and bbq sauce.

mrs.mommyy said...

cheeseburger lots of onions

bohemiangypsy said...

It is 12:30 at night, and I want a hamburger. More specifically, the ones you have pictured. Yummy. Thank you for the give-a-way. I will definitely be trying their products. Thanks.

kanaha said...

Cheeseburger with lettuce and mustard.

janetfaye said...

My favorite burger is made with prime aged beef, and it has Muenster cheese, slice tomato and a lot of ketchup or steak sauce on top.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

katiez said...

I know I can't enter the contest... But can I come live with you for the year?
That's the best hamburger I've seen in ages.... Not something one finds here... and the beef just doesn't seem right for good burgers. I don't understand it, but there it is. Sigh...

guru said...

A burger just isn't a burger unless it's cooked out on the grill.

pattycake said...

I'm into the traditional hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and mayonaise

grannyvon said...

I love ground beef but I want to taste it not cover it all up. I don't eat ketcup, mustard or mayo. I know I'm weird. I want my burger char-grilled (maybe one swipe per side of BBQ sauce or Bob's sauce) if possible but just put a big slice of white Vidala Onion on it. If want to I may put a slice of American Cheese and top with the onion. I don't eat a lot of bread but sometimes I do make a original hamburger on bread. Most of the time I eat with a side order of onion rings and sliced tomato. I would love to have "Green Hamburger"ybutler@oppcatv.com

Heather said...

hmm i have two favorites:

buffalo burger with goat cheese and tomato&onion jam
or
plain old ground beef with avocado and provolone with a corn salsa

mmmmmm

yours look very tasty!!!

bearfeet said...

Definitely love a juicy mushroom and swiss burger. I live in Montana and am excited to try La Cense!

N Snider said...

My favorite burger is a big thick one slathered with a mixture of mayo and mustard on both sides, and a thick slice of Vidalia onion. My email: nsnider@triad.rr.com

Naomi in Kernersville, NC

knittingvee said...

you know, i've never had grass-fed beef so i am really curious about it. but i think the burger you described making for football is about perfect: cheddar, carmelized onions and chipotle mayo. oh yeah.

Aisling said...

My favorite burger has barbeque sauce, cheddar, bacon, and onion, and the bun is lightly toasted.

~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear said...

My fav; a home-made not perfectly round burger, w/ melted cheddar on top; topped with lettuce (not iceburg), garden tomatoes, vidala onions, extra pickles/dill; with just enough ketchup and mayo to squirt out the sides of the freshly baked bun on the first bite.

Catharine said...

My favorite is a Gorgonzola burger with a little ketchup.

Anna at Mediocre Chocolate said...

So-called "Animal Style"--cheese, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island Dressing. On a turkey burger!

Dani' said...

I like swiss and mushroom burgers.
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micaela6955 said...

mmm, this Southwest burger has me salivating for sure. I like them with ketchup and onions and bacon!

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Francine said...

My favorite burger is cheesebuger with ketchup, pickle ,mustard and japlenos. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jill said...

Susan, growing up in RI, did you ever go to Stanley's? They're my favorite burgers...lots of onions smooshed into the beef while it's grilling. And CHEAP! And they have poutine to share. It's definitely my favorite!
jillparrett at hotmail dot com

Nancy said...

My favorite burger is a Guacamole and Bacon Burger. I had one last night, as a matter of fact!

Nancy
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zees5 said...

I LOVE mushroom burgers with a creamy mushroom sauce, but I haven't seen one of those on the menu in years.

culinarycory.com said...

I love making mini burgers on soft dinner rolls. Such a great party food.

Sophie said...

That burger looks AWESOME!!

And what an exciting give away! I'm drooling at the thought!

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Christina said...

My favorite burger is the peppered bleu cheese burger... mmm! I make each burger by peppering the meat before patty-ing it. I stuff each patty with the bleu cheese. Smothered with carmelized onions... After all this, I think I need to make them tonight!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, now I have to go eat a burger for dinner tonight. I love love blue cheese peppercorn burgers. I used to be addicted to the one at Chili's when my husband was a waiter. Now I cook my own.

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Betsy said...

Grilled well-done with cheese and all the trimmings!

cass said...

Hands down, Patty Melt!

Nancy said...

La Cense Beef Rocks! If any of your readers out there have not tried it, they simply must!
My favorite burger: Medium with sauteed or grilled onions, a fresh garden tomato slice, some sprouts, mustard and cheese (any kind of cheese is fine with me!) and a sprinkling of Lawrys' seasoned salt. mmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

hmmm

medium rare, not too bulky bun, 'Merican cheese, sauteed onion, tomato (in season), lettuce, mayo ketchup, little relish, mustard...basically a drippy mess on a bun!

Chris in RI

superfizz said...

I am a fan of mushroom cheeseburgers with mayo, loads of dill pickle slices and a thick tomato. mmmm good!

saratogad said...

Finally catching up on some foodie podcasts and heard you interviewed on NPR ('Tis the Cookie Season) and had to look up your blog (and cookie recipes - my mouth watered listening to you describe the pignoli cookies). Really enjoyed visiting the site and plan to visit often for inspiration.

As for burgers - I like mine well done (seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, homemade horseradish sauce, salt and pepper), topped with sauteed mushrooms (w/ a little sherry), caramelized onions, and melted cheese (could be cheddar or my new favorite, kasseri).

Thanks for the blog. Donna M

Shannon "Coupon Princess" said...

I love hamburgers, and that southwest burger looks fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway.

The Source said...

Ooohhh..favorite burger would have to be a smokehouse burger with applewood bacon, colby-jack cheese and barbeque sauce. MMmmmm.

Alison said...

My favorite burger is any made with grass-fed beef. I have a friend who raises the beef that is in my freezer. Who couldn't use a little extra beef though when it comes for free so please count me in for the giveaway!

Thanks :-)

Liz said...

My favorite burger is a burger with bacon, cheese and blue cheese with a little onion and catsup & mustard

Carolsue said...

Bacon and Guacamole burgers are my fav!
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swirlingnotions said...

A straight-up, medium-rare, made from really good beef burger with cheddar or swiss and ketchup and mustard and pickles and lettuce and tomato.

Laura said...

Mmmm. Just the burger on a bun with ketchup, if it's a really good one. And maybe some cheddar. Any extra toppings to add flavor there isn't any in the meat.

Rumela said...

Hey those Hamburger look yummi,I love eating breakfast and always try new fast food recipes. I would love to try the hamburger for breakfast. that looks tasty. hamburger is also a snacks food option and can make a satisfying breakfast. The Photos are amazing... I am already feeling hungry.

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