Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Burgers with Caramelized Onions

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1993

Ah, the magic of seared beef! Sauteing the onions with sugar turns them into a meltingly sweet topping to dress up these hearty beef-and-bulgur patties.

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  • 3 tablespoons bulgur
  • ¼ cup boiling water, plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 8 ounces 92%-lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste, (see Tips for Two)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Lettuce, for garnish


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  1. Combine bulgur and ¼ cup boiling water in a small bowl; let stand until most of the water is absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and sugar; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very tender and golden, about 15 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons water, vinegar and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Keep warm over very low heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Preheat the grill or broiler to high. Combine the bulgur, beef, tomato paste, parsley, the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt and pepper in a medium bowl; knead thoroughly to combine. Shape into two ¾-inch-thick patties. Grill or broil on a lightly oiled rack until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Place the patties on buns, top with the caramelized onions and garnish with lettuce.
  • Tips for Two: Transfer leftover tomato paste to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Add to soups, chilis and sauces; stir into rice with oregano and cilantro to serve alongside Mexican dishes.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 400 calories; 15 g fat(5 g sat); 6 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 44 mcg folate; 72 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 854 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 86 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 661 mg sodium; 728 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (28% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

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