Another weekend of grillin' and chillin'. I combined a couple of old-school idea's and ended up with this recipe, keeping the burger part oh-so-simple, along with a special sauce to whip up that takes it to a whole 'nuther level.

As usual, it's all in the prep work. Total time put in is about 20 minutes; makes four burgers and is really easy to do. You don't have to be an Iron Chef here.

The Burger Bliss Burger:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef; Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 small sweet onion sliced into rings; 8 slices your choice of cheese (we like cheddar here)

4 tablespoons butter at room temperature; your favorite brand of plain straight-up no-fuss buns 

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons horseradish, 2 tablespoons finely diced gherkins, and 1 tablespoon sliced chives

Dill pickle slices (optional); crispy fresh lettuce

Prepare your grill with a grill pan for medium heat. Meanwhile, gently form the ground beef into 4 loosely packed patties (do not overwork the meat). Season with salt and pepper.

Place 4 (or more if you desire) onion rings on the grill and press a burger patty onto each one. Let 'em cook together until the burgers carmelize the onion on that side, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip the burgers and top with 2 slices of cheese on top of the onions! Cook to your desired temperature.

Spread 1 tablespoon of butter on the inside of each bun half, season with salt and pepper, then toast on the grill.

Make the sauce in a decent-size bowl; combine the Dijon, mayo, ketchup, horseradish, gherkins and chives. Gently mix and fold until evenly incorporated.

To assemble, spread the sauce on the buns, both top and bottom. Stack the burgers on the bottom slices, then the pickles (if using), then the lettuce, then the bun top and whacko!

Betcha a buck that this recipe will go into your burger rotation. You won't believe how wicked tasty these are.



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