Smothered Hamburgers and Onions
This is hamburgers like you’ve never before had them – unless you are a member of my husband’s larger family, in which case, I am revealing to the public one of their family’s treasured recipes. These are hamburgers browned in a sauté pan and then slowly simmered with tons of thinly sliced, browned sweet onions. Serve these with mashed potatoes and steamed or roasted broccoli you will have a very happy family….
- 2 lbs Ground Beef
- ½ Cup Breadcrumbs
- 2 Eggs
- 4 Cups Onions thinly sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large sautee pan (that has a lid) over medium high heat and add enough oil to cover liberally the bottom of the pan. Add the onions, and some salt and pepper and begin to sautee, uncovered.
- While the onions are cooking, place the beef in a large bowl and mix together with the breadcrumbs and the eggs. Do not over mix, but mix until just combined.
- Form into small sized hamburger patties. (2 lbs of ground meat should make 8-10 patties.)
- When the onions are soft and beginning to start to brown, place the hamburger patties in the sautee pan. Clear out some space so that the patties are not on top of onions and then you can cover the patties with the onions.
- Brown patties on one side for about 5 minutes and then flip to brown the other side. (You can also brown the hamburgers before you start the onions, if you like, but I prefer to make use of the passive onion cooking time by forming the patties while the onions are softening. )
- After you have flipped the burgers, lower the temperature to low or medium low and cover the pan and cook for at least 30 minutes. You will know that the dish is finished cooking, when the onions are golden brown and soft and the hamburgers have released their juices on to the onions.