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Cheesy Burgers with Grilled Onions and Chunky Roasted Tomato Ketchup

Makes 6 hamburgers

I love a plain old hamburger, cooked on an outdoor grill, topped with cheese, sliced tomato, onion and mustard. But, once in a while, it's nice to have something a little different. I love this recipe. You can use any cheese that crumbles easily, such as blue or goat cheese. If you prefer a harder cheese like cheddar, shred it before incorporating with the beef. The roasted tomato ketchup recipe pares perfectly with the burger, but is equally delicious as a condiment for any sandwich, or as a sauce for a variety of main and side dishes. Serve this at a summer cookout, or make it any time of the year using an indoor grill pan.


Combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, minced onion, salt and pepper. Add the cheese and mix together gently. Form into 6 patties, about 1/2-inch thick each. (Can be done ahead and refrigerated for several hours or overnight.)

Heat a grill pan or outside grill over high heat. Add the onion slices and grill until nicely browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Grill the burgers to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium. To serve, spread a little of the butter on one half of bun. Top with the burger, grilled onion, ketchup and the other half of bun, or let your guests assemble their own.

Notes: The hamburger can be seasoned to taste with other herbs or spices. If desired, grill or broil the cut side of the buns before assembling the sandwiches.