Spike Mendelsohn's Steakhouse Burger with Onion Straws

Aired July 18, 2013

Serves 4
For the Steakhouse Sauce:
2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 pounds cremini mushrooms, quartered
Salt and pepper
4 beef patties, formed out of 80/20 ground beef
8 slices Swiss cheese
4 sesame seed buns, toasted and buttered

In a large bowl, cover the onion slices in buttermilk. Dredge through a mixture of flour seasoned with salt pepper. Fry in a deep pan filled with oil.

To prepare the Steakhouse Sauce, combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Preheat oil in a saut pan. Add mushrooms to pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat. Allow to mushrooms to brown, then reduce and caramelize until there is a rich brown coating. Remove mushrooms from heat and set aside.

Heat a large skillet with oil to medium. Place beef patties onto skillet. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes; flip and then cook for one minute. Top burgers with mushrooms and 2 slices of Swiss cheese. Continue to cook for 2 more minutes for medium-rare doneness. Cover with a lid for the last 30 seconds to melt the cheese.

To assemble the burgers, place one patty on a toasted bun bottom. Top the patty with the onion straws and a dollop of the Steakhouse Sauce. Cover with the bun top. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Wrap the burgers in wax paper and serve.

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