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The No Nonsense Diner Burger

kept bySue.Lau

Diner style burger.


1 (4-ounce) frozen ground beef patty
2 thick slices white onion
Granulated garlic
Granulated onion
Seasoned salt
Black pepper
1 slice American cheese
1 burger bun
Assorted burger toppings

Step 1
Toss the burgers in the cold skillet and turn the heat up to high. Season them liberally with garlic, onion powder, and black pepper; take it easy with the salt.

Step 2
As they begin to sear, turn them over before you burn the pan and sear that side.

Step 3
Add about 1/4 cup water to the pan (stand back and don't burn yourself), then cover with lid and turn the heat down to medium.

Step 4
After a minute or two, place thick slices of the onion across the bottom of the panb and set the burger on top. Cover pan mand cook for about 5 minutes, then turn the onions over, add some more water if you need to- just enough to keep it steaming and not burning- top with the burger again and cook till it is firm and done, about another 5 minutes.

Step 5
Remove the onions to a plate, top the burger with a slice of cheese and cover the pan again, cooking for about 45 seconds or just till the cheese melts.

Step 6
While this is going on, split your burger bun, toast it if you like, and put the onions on there with ketchup, mustard (I use dusseldorf mustard or a dijon/horseradish blend mustard) and chopped dill pickle, adding the burger when the cheese is melted.

Step 7
Or if you don't like traditional toppings, drag it through the garden (top it with lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, sliced avocado, whatever tickles your fancy).

Step 8
Adding cooked bacon to your burger is not only legal, it's encouraged.

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