One Pot Beef Burger with Caramelised Red Onions and Coriander …and “Fries”

Cooking “Under Fire”, or in difficult conditions brings a special set of challenges. You don´t have your usual array of pots and pan available to you. You also don´t have your usual stock cupboard with its range of flavours and spices at your fingertips. But you do have a good appetite at the end of a busy day, and you have tasty ingredients available to you which are not so easy to get hold of back home in Spain. So…you adapt. You work around the “problems” and enjoy the opportunity of a challenge.

I bought a large, deep frying pan with me which can be used for deep or shallow frying, braising and boiling and searing meat at a high heat. Here in the UK there are beautiful little waxy potatoes and superb beef from my new best friend the local butcher. I have learnt to cook more than I need when I get the chance, then to use leftovers the next day in another dish to save time.

Having made a delicious Ensalada Cateta (Orange and Potato Salad) for a taste of home, I made sure to cook double the amount of potatoes. Of course, I didn´t weigh them so I can´t give you exact amounts, but you´ll know how many you can eat!


For the burgers

  • 300g ground beef approx
  • One large red onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar or honey
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • A little olive oil for frying
  • One tablespoon of very finely chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt and Pepper

For the “Fries”

  • Potatoes cooked in their skins (new, or small if possible) and peeled (or not) and quartered lengthways
  • About a dozen mushrooms (I used brown) thickly sliced
  • Half a white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of sliced garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Oil for shallow frying
  • One tablespoon of very finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

To make the burgers, fry the red onion very slowly until tender then add the sugar and garlic and continue cooking very slowly until the onions start to caramelise. Season lightly with salt and pepper and allow to cool. Add the onion mixture to the minced/ground beef, then the coriander, and salt and pepper to taste. Form into two large of four small burgers/patties and chill until required (but do bring them up to room temperature before cooking).

Add a little oil to a large non stick pan and add the potato pieces. At a high temperature cook the potatoes until browned (you could also use raw potatoes, but it will take a little longer). Turn the heat down and add the onions, garlic and mushrooms and cook gently until the onions start to soften and release their liquid. Now add the burgers, continuing to cook slowly to ensure they are cooked through. Turn over to cook on both sides. Just before you are ready to serve, turn the heat up and brown the burgers on both sides and to cook off any liquid in the pan. Add the chopped parsley and serve.

Not quite burger and fries as most of us know, but very delicious and a great one pot dish.

PS. Think of me tomorrow and keep everything crossed – fingers, toes and eyes. We´re hopefully having our internet connection installed and I´ll be able to start reading and commenting again – yay!


54 thoughts on “One Pot Beef Burger with Caramelised Red Onions and Coriander …and “Fries”

    1. Caramelised onions take a little patience but it was a nice restful time at the end of a hectic day standing over that pan and sniffing in anticipation! Will know by tomorrow if all goes well with the internet 🙂

  1. Another great meal but you had better be careful, Tanya. If Big Man sees how well you do with just one pan, he may start wondering whether all of your kitchen equipment back home is really necessary.
    Good luck with the installation. We’ve missed you.

    1. Hee hee – you´re right, maybe I need to clatter and make more noise in the kitchen! He has certainly realised how invaluable my huge selection of wine glasses is at home as we (for that read “he”) has to keep washing them up! Missed you too 😦

  2. Hubby’s favourite kind of meal. He’ll love the onions with the burger.. Good luck with the Internet thing. Just remember you may have withdrawal symptoms in reverse. I’ve just had what feels like an all-nighter on genealogy.

    1. I know, I am worried I´ll get so distracted I´ll “down tools” for a day and go all goggle eyed from internetting! Hope all is well with you guys as you go into a lovely NZ springtime 🙂

  3. Good luck with the net installation and that looks like a FINE use for leftover potatoes (drooling at breakfast time over what you are going to cook tonight is just sad ;))

      1. ;). I LOVE potatoes…I eat them all of the time and a new way to serve them is always top of my list, cheers for the lovely new way (and the early morning drool on my keyboard 🙂 )

  4. What an excellent substitute for the traditional burger on a bun! I love that the onions are cooked up and added right into the burger! Such flavor! And this is all in one dish, what a bonus!! I’m trying to avoid “wheat” for a while, so this is a great recipe for me!

  5. Ooooh, this sounds so good. And necessity is the mother of invention, after all! As others have said, my first thought as I read this was that it was kind of like camping. We do actually “glamp” when we camp and have all kinds of special camp cooking stuff. I’d eat this dish anytime it sounds so great and I’m a huge fan of the one pot dish.

  6. I have recently learned the magic of caremalised onions – no idea why it took me so long! And am learning not to be as limited by the palates of my kids. They can pick things out right? Anyway, thanks for the reminder here :o))

    1. I think it´s not just kids who are picky – grown ups are too! I agree with you – go for it and people and pick out what they don´t enjoy. And sometimes they try it accidentally and find they like it 🙂

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