Feta Stuffed Burgers w/ Caramelized Onions
When I think of a good burger, the words juicy, cheesy, and crunchy come to mind, among other things. Everybody loves a cheesy, gooey burger, right? According to ‘Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives,’ yes, everyone loves a good cheeseburger; putting the cheese inside the burger is even better, though. When you bite into an inside-out burger, it’s like a volcanic eruption of cheese (and other various ingredients, for example, I like to use diced bell peppers) in your mouth, gooey and melted and delicious.
Now the first question is, what kind of cheese to stuff inside? Any cheese will taste great, I’ve used many different kinds making these burgers over time (I’ve used pepper jack, cheddar, white cheddar, monterey jack, etc) but nothing comes close to the salty, mouth-watering flavor of feta cheese (at least, for me and my taste preferences). Next, what type of bun? I personally like a softer bun; I don’t like having to bite into a hard bun (like ciabatta) and have to concentrate more on chewing than actually tasting the burger. I used soft, sweet Hawaiian buns, which turned out to be a great choice; they’re very soft, with a hint of sweetness (also, they’re nice and thick, so the ratio of meat to bun is perfect).
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 lbs ground hamburger (any fat ratio, I used 80/20)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper
2 tbsp green bell pepper, diced
8+ oz feta cheese, crumbled
4 large leaves iceberg lettuce
4 Hawaiian hamburger buns, cut in half
What to do:
It is believed that the sheep’s milk cheese that Polyphemus the Cyclops made in his caves in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ was most likely an early form of feta cheese.