Monday, June 16

French Onion Soup Burgers



Wow, what a long strange weekend I just had. Last Monday, a family friend committed suicide. He struggled for years with addiction and it resulted in him taking his  life at his parents home.  He was only 24 years old. The story behind it is one of the most heart wrenching ones I have ever heard. My heart breaks into a million pieces every time I think of the pain his parents and his sister are going through.

Saturday, they had his funeral/ celebration of life up at their house in Wentworth NH. I have never seen anything quite like it. I think the entire small town of Wentworth came out, in total well over 200 people.



Not sure how many of you have seen on the news, but drugs are running wild in these small towns all through out New Hampshire and Vermont.  These two states actually have the highest heroin overdose rate in the nation. (Side note that is not what my friend was using) These kids are partying far too much, experimenting with drugs... and then getting addicted. It never results in anything good. They think they can control it, and it's all in good fun. But 9 times out 10 ten it's ruining their lives, and the lives of the people they love. 

I hope in the end, Travis's death will be a learning experience for them all and they will seek the help they need and deserve so they don't follow in his path. He was such great kid, funny, smart, caring... but he had a sickness that he could no longer control. It was a waste. I'm sure if he could go back in time he would have never started drinking and doing drugs. He would not want to see his family  and friends wrecked by this pain. 

While I was up there, I was also preparing for my sister's wedding which happens to be next weekend in the same town. At the celebration of life, I gave my DSLR to my brother to give to his girlfriend Nicki, because she is going to be taking some photos with it at the wedding. 

As soon as I drove back home that night, I realized I needed my DSLR for this Burger Week blog post. Thank goodness for iPhones and fancy filters. Otherwise I'd have a photo less post today. In the end, I'm sure you don't care that these photos are less than stellar. And frankly, I could care less as well. There are more important things in life to be concerned with!



Now lets talk burgers. (Weird and hard transition after everything I just wrote...) This is inspired by my favorite French Onion Soup. Pan fried (or grilled) burgers, topped with extra gooey Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and fresh thyme. Instead of a soft bulky bun on this burger I opted to go with buttery toasted bread to copy the croutons often served with French Onion Soup. 

This is a great way to get your soup craving out of the way during the summer when it is far to hot to be eating soup.

When trying to set the burger up for a quick iPone photo shoot, it collapsed resulting in this awesome mess of meat, onions and cheese.


French Onion Soup Burgers

Ingredients:
4 burger patties of your choice (I'm a purist, I like straight up meet nothing added!)
2 large yellow onions sliced thin
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs butter
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 spits fresh thyme
8 slices of Swiss cheese
8 slices of your favorite crusty bread (in this case I used sourdough)
4 tbs of butter (for the bread)

Directions: 

To prepare burgers, start by caramelizing your onions. To do that, add olive oil and butter to a medium fry pan over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add in sliced onions, salt and thyme. Allow to sauté for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized and golden brown in color.

Remove Thyme sprigs from the onions and set onions aside.

Using the same pan, fry your burgers until medium well (or to whatever you  prefer!)

Top each burger patty with two slices of Swiss cheese and keep in the pan just until they start to melt.

Butter each piece of bread and place under the broiler until nice and toasted.

Place burger patties on top of toasted bread, pile high with caramelized onions and then dig in!

Be sure to check out what my friends are making for Burger Week! 



Brioche Burger Buns! from The Clever Carrot
Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger from Oh Sweet Basil
Fajita Burger from Bless this Mess
Campfire Breakfast Burgers from Jelly Toast
Salmon Burgers with Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad from Cafe Johnsonia
Bagel Burgers with Dill Pickle Cream Cheese from Foodie with Family
Reuben Burgers from All Day I Dream About Food
Chorizo Nacho Burger Sliders from Little Leopard Book





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37 comments:

  1. I want this burger! It sounds amaze-burger-balls!

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  2. Those look delicious! I love French onion soup, sounds like it is great in burger form! :)

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  3. Dude, so sorry about your friend, those situations are the worst. Good vibes to you and the family.

    But also, these photos are stellar! Way to work with what you had!

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    1. Don't be sorry for me. Keep his parents in your thoughts though. They need the strength.

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  4. So many things to say. First, we've had a year like your week. 5 deaths, all under 31 and 2 suicides. It was so sad. I don't even know why to say about it all. I can't wait to see them all again one day and just express how much we love them and missed them. Thinking of you, friend. Second, I'm sick of hearing about problems that all started with drugs. It never leads to anything good. I have a friend whose husband has become addicted and it is heart wrenching to watch them struggle. It's just not right. I wish there was a way to get rid of it. Third, you shot this with your PHONE?! You need to stop being so dang amazing.

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    1. This past year has been awful that was my 4th funeral. It's awful but over the years, I've had many old classmates and friends either die of drug over doses or suicide all ranging from 24-30 yrs old. So sad, if only they could see how loved they truly are.

      And yeah, iPhone for the win. Great little sub for my dslr.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about the week you had. Tragic deaths like this are so hard to comprehend. Alhtough not related to your friend's passing, heroin overdose here on Long Island is on the rise as well :( It makes me so scared for my kids! (they're little still…)
    On a positive note, when I saw that your were doing this burger on the sign up sheet I was totally drooling. This looks awesome and I'm definitely going to make it!! xx

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    1. Thanks Emilie! It's on the rise everywhere. It's scary to see these kids (and some older adults) fall so hard due to drugs.

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  6. So sorry about your family friend and congrats to your sisters wedding! Sounds like this is quite an interesting summer already. As the burgers AND photos are GORGEOUS!! I love French onion soup and caramelized onions and I know I would love love this burger!

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    1. Yeah it's been a crazy summer so far, funerals, graduations, weddings.... so much happy stuff and some sad mixed in.

      I'm glad you like the photos... I was nervous about using my phone!

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I had an old classmate who overdosed a few weeks ago leaving behind his wife and a young son. It's all so sad.

    These burgers look and sound amazing... caramelized onions are my jam so naturally this burger is too. :)

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    1. It's so so so sad. I hate hearing these stories. It's so preventable. If only people never started using in the first place

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Carrie. I can't imagine how tough that would be. I'm so impressed that you pulled out these moody, very cool photos with your trusty iPhone! Well done :)

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    1. Don't be sorry for me, but keep his family in your thoughts/prayers. They need the strength!

      And yes, iPhone for the win.

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  9. Oh, how sad and tragic. I'm truly sorry for your loss, Carrie. My heart really goes out to you and the family.

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    1. So tragic, but don't be sorry for my loss. Be sorry for his family. They need the prayers.... they are not doing well at all.

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  10. First I have to say how sorry I am about your friend Travis. Drugs are so scary to me. I honestly never thought addiction would hit my family but it did and hard. It was so life-changing to see my brother's struggle with something that he had no control over. Drugs never end up being a good thing. I'm so grateful my bro got clean and I pray that he stays healthy every single day. Please send my condolences to his family.

    Second, and how's THIS for an awkward transition- OHMYGOSH that burger. That is soul food right there, Carrie. And your photos? Pretty amazing. Your DSLR is not missed on these!

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    1. Drugs scare the sh** out of me. Unfortunately I know too many people who have died because of drugs or alcohol. One of my best friends had a pill problem and thank god he is clean now, but after seeing event's like last weeks with Travis, I fear for him. Staying clean is a daily struggle for most addicts.

      And yeah, death/drugs/burgers. Weird transition, no way around the awkwardness.

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. There is a growing drug problem in my hometown area, as well, and it's frightening to see the toll it takes on a community.

    Aaaaand in continuation of awkward transitions :), this burger looks divine and I gots to have it ASAP.

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    1. Aww thanks. Keep his family in your thoughts/prayers. They need them! I It is frightening I agree. I worry so much about my own kids as they get older.... what's it going to be like when they are teenagers and young adults?!

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  12. Carrie, I am so sorry about Travis. How heartbreaking. I didn't know small town NH and VT were having such issues with drugs.

    And you did good with the phone camera, because you still made those burgers look amazing.

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    1. I'm sorry too. His family doesn't deserve this type of heart ache. Yeah small towns are getting hit HARD. The OD rate is crazy high up here. It's scary as heck.

      And iPhone's for the win! I think I have another post this week that will have to be done with it while I await the return of my camera!

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  13. Sounds like quite an emotional time, I'm so sorry Carrie. I think your post is open and honest and I appreciate it. And this burger looks amazing and celebratory worthy....bring on brighter days and good times!

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    1. It's been very up and down lately. But there are so many positive happy things going on to!

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  14. Heartbreaking, Carrie. Just heartbreaking. Will be keeping his family and all those affected in my prayers.
    And the burger...seriously? Down right mouthwatering - and would have never known it was all on an iPhone! Sometimes we need a bit of nudge to force us to use a different mode to explore or creativity and capabilities.

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  15. Carrie, I am so sorry to hear for your loss. You are right, it is absolutely tragic to see how bad the heroin problem has gotten. Kids who I have known since early grade school are completely wrapped up in this mess.

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    1. Same here! It's nuts to me. It's almost like they get stuck in these small towns and have nothing else to do but party.

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  16. The burger looks so delicious. My heart breaks for your friends. It's just awful and preventable. I too lost my 1st cousin to suicide and drugs. Many prayers for them! Thanks for the lovely recipe. I love French onion soup.

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    1. It's so sad. Sorry for the loss of your cousin. :(

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  17. I am sorry for your loss.So young, so sad. Just heartbreaking for his family and all who knew him. You are so right about the small towns being taken over by drugs. Some small, rural towns here in Illinois are battling the same demons. I do not know how to transition into food, but here I go!! These pictures are stunning. I would have never thought they were taken with a phone!!! I just got a tooooon of onions in my CSA box so I am happy I can put them to good use!

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  18. I am sorry for your loss. That is heartbreaking.

    I wanted to tell you how dreamy these photos are!

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  19. You took these with your phone?! Man, any photo I take with my phone just look awful! Great recipe, love french onions and burgers, so together is win win.

    So sorry for your loss and for all that knew him, it's so sad :( I'm not in the US, so don't know about drug problems in small towns, but we have a problem here too and most days you see something in the news about how someone has either taken their own life or drugs have taken them too soon, It's awful how quickly you can lose control when drugs are involved and just be sucked into a dark place and a vicious circle of addiction :(

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  20. So sorry about your friend, Carrie. :( How heartbreaking for everyone involved.

    And on a different note...the photos are amazing!

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  21. Carrie, what a terrible loss for your friend's family and for the community. I worked for a long time in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, which is notorious for horrific poverty, crime and rampant drug use. I worked at the police department for five years and was a criminal lawyer for five years. I saw so many clients go through the same thing, many of them couldn't maintain any relationships with friends or families, many started using drugs to escape painful pasts, many used it as a way to numb a sadness that they felt inside even though they didn't have sad backgrounds. It's really devastating for everyone.

    And I'm going to now awkwardly transition just as you and all your other commenters did -- these photos are amazing! I'd NEVER have known you used your phone if you didn't tell me. Talk about a delicious burger!

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