Campfire Burgers

Wow, talk about a burger that just rocketed to the top of our favorite-to-make list. These campfire burgers are just packed with flavor, inside and out. The patties are not boring, combining ground beef with cheese, bacon, Worcestershire and just a hint of smokiness. And then there’s the caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are a wonderful thing but adding balsamic vinegar to them makes them spectacular. And finally, a lightly smoky creamy sauce to top it all off.
I recommend making more of the onions than the recipe calls for. On the off-chance that you have leftover onions they are also fantastic on grilled hot dogs. I also recommend making more of the sauce. It’s great to have on hand for, well, hot dogs again, but also po boy sandwiches or even as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets.

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Campfire Burgers
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 burgers
 
Ingredients
For the Caramelized Onions
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
For the Campfire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
For the burgers
  • 1 pound ground beef (I prefer 85/15 beef/fat mix)
  • 1/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
Instructions
For the Caramelized Onions
  1. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Toss to coat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are brown and caramelized.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar, stir, and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
For the Campfire Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients until smooth.
For the burgers
  1. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  2. Place meat into a large bowl.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the buns and mix well.
  4. Form into 4 equally-sized patties.
  5. Grill as desired.
  6. Assemble the burgers by adding cooked patties to the bun bottoms. Add onions and plenty of the Campfire sauce.
  7. Serve with plenty of napkins!

French Onion Hot Dogs

Yeah, now we’re talking about some great hot dogs! Savory and sweet. All-beef dogs smothered in caramelized onions (well worth the 30 or so minutes they take to make), melted Swiss cheese, and topped with thyme. French onion hot dogs are amazingly tasty, and a taste unlike your standard yellow mustard dog. You’ll be very happy devouring one of these.

French Onion Hot DogsI used Vidalia onions for a little sweeter flavor, but any sweet or white onion will do.

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French Onion Hot Dogs
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 6 all-beef hot dogs
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Fresh thyme, chopped, or dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Halve the onions and slice thin. Add to skillet and stir to coat in oil. Spread the onions out and let cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the sugar and a few good pinches of salt.
  4. Let the onions cook for about 30 minutes, making sure they don't get dry (if they do, add a bit more oil). Do not stir them too much, the idea is get them good and browned and soft.
  5. When the onions are just about done add a few splashes of Balsamic vinegar, to taste. Stir.
  6. Cook dogs as desired and lightly toast the buns if you wish.
  7. Place dogs into buns. Divide the onions and cheese between the dogs. If you want the cheese to get good and melted, throw the dogs under the broiler for a minute.
  8. Sprinkle tops with thyme and serve.