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Fontina Cheeseburgers with Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise

Jamie Purviance

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    20 mins

  • Grilling Time

    8 to 10 mins

Ingredients
Instructions

the Ingredients

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Mayonnaise

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1½ tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
 
  • 1½ pound ground chuck (80% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut crosswise into four slices about ½ inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 5 ounces Fontina cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 Hawaiian sweet sandwich buns, or other soft sandwich buns, split
  • 4 large leaves butter lettuce

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Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk the mayonnaise ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Mix the ground chuck, salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Gently form four patties of equal size, each about ¾ inch thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 1 inch wide in the center of each patty to prevent them from forming a dome as they cook.
  • Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 500°F). 
  • Lightly brush the onion slices on both sides with oil, and brush the cut side of the buns with oil. Grill the onion slices and the patties over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until the onions are lightly charred on both sides and the patties are cooked to medium doneness (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time, place the cheese on the patties to melt, and toast the buns, cut side down, over direct heat.
    Lightly brush the onion slices on both sides with oil, and brush the cut side of the buns with oil. Grill the onion slices and the patties over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until the onions are lightly charred on both sides and the patties are cooked to well done (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time, place the cheese on the patties to melt, and toast the buns, cut side down, over medium-high heat.
    Lightly brush the onion slices on both sides with oil, and brush the cut side of the buns with oil. Grill the onion slices and the patties over medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until the onions are lightly charred on both sides and the patties are cooked to well done (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time, place the cheese on the patties to melt, and toast the buns, cut side down, over medium-high heat.
  • Build each burger on a bun with the mayonnaise, a patty, and onion slice, and a lettuce leaf. Serve warm. 

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