Burgers with BBQ Sweet Onions and Smoked Gouda

We use our outdoor grill almost year round, and this weekend we have had beautiful grilling weather.  I grilled up some 1/3 pound pastured, organic beef patties from Rocky Mountain Organic Beef and piled on some sweet Colorado Onions from our C.S.A. share with  Grant Family Farms, which I caramelized and seasoned with a Korean-style sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.  Add on some melted smoked gouda and some crunchy romaine, and you have a really beautiful burger.

I like a lot of onions on my burger so I plan on about half an onion (they cook down a lot) per burger.  If you are less onion-happy you can reduce that by half, but really, they rock the burger so don’t hold back.  The gouda I used is a natural, unprocessed cheese, which I have noticed is harder to find in larger grocery stores.  If you have to use processed gouda just note that it doesn’t melt as well and the flavor is a bit different.

Pastured, organic meat is leaner and cooks faster, and you don’t want to overcook your burgers.  These were lean but still really juicy, and I cooked them up to medium and still had a great result.  You don’t need a lot of added seasoning, so I just sprinkled on salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Organic meat is also higher in Omega 3 fatty acids, which makes it a much healthier choice.  Beyond all of the ethical and health benefits, I prefer pastured meat because it just tastes better, with a much richer flavor than factory-farmed meats.  It is absolutely worth it.

Burgers with BBQ Sweet Onions and Smoked Gouda
4 Pastured, Organic Burger Patties, lightly sprinkled with salt and ground black pepper
2 medium sweet white onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
sliced smoked gouda
fresh romaine or leaf lettuce
4 hamburger buns, lightly brushed with melted butter and heated on the grill

Sprinkle the burger patties with salt and pepper and then refrigerate until ready to grill.  In a large skillet, heat the onions and olive oil over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are turning golden brown.  Stir in the barbecue sauce and cook for a few more minutes to glaze the onions and reduce the sauce.

Grill the burgers to medium or medium rare, and when they are almost finished pile some of the onions on each burger and top with a slice of gouda.  Cover your grill to let the cheese melt.  Serve on the toasted buns with fresh lettuce and a side of pickles.

Legal stuff: I received free samples from Rocky Mountain Organic Beef but received no other compensation for this post.  All opinions are honest and solely my own, and I do not review products if I do not genuinely find them appealing and noteworthy.  If you are going to eat meat, eat pastured, organic meat!

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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5 Responses to Burgers with BBQ Sweet Onions and Smoked Gouda

  1. Jean | Delightful Repast October 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    That's a pretty burger, Angela! Love the ground beef and other beef from Rocky Mountain Organic Meats. I'm with you on those gorgeous caramelized onions! Can't eat a tiny bit of raw onion, but caramelized – half an onion isn't too much!

  2. The Mom Chef October 24, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    Oh, I saw that picture on my Blogger Dashboard and wanted to dive into that burger. What a beautiful photo. And then to read the description of that amazing beef, the ingredients you used and all that came to putting the burger together; heavenly. The clincher is the fact that you didn't cook the meat to death. I'm loving your recipe.

  3. Angela October 24, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    Thanks so much! There is something about a good burger that is just irresistible.

  4. Shawn October 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    That has to be the most delicious looking burger I've ever seen! I'm treating us to these on Friday :)

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