SEASON PREMIERE TUESDAY SEPT 5 1e|12c|p

Monterey Jack Burger with Ranch Onion Rings

Michael Symon
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Servings: 4
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easy
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1 to 2 hr

This burger packs a punch of flavor with ranch onion rings!


  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Ingredients
Monterey Jack Burger with Ranch Onion Rings
Ranch Onion Rings
  • 2 Vidalia onions (sliced 1/2-inch thick and separated into rings)
Dredge
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne
Batter
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ranch tortilla chips (finely crushed, divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup beer (chilled)
  • 1/4 cup seltzer (chilled)
  • 1/2 cup vodka (chilled)
  • canola or rice bran oil (to fry)
Burgers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 beef burger patties
  • 4 thick slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 potato rolls (toasted)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Directions
  • For the Ranch Onion Rings: in a large pot, add 2-inches of canola oil and preheat to 360ºF. Line a sheet tray with wax paper. Place a baking rack inside another sheet tray.
  • For Dredging Station: in a large shallow bowl or baking dish, combine cornstarch, baking powder, salt and cayenne.
  • For the Batter: in a large bowl, add cornstarch, flour, 1/2 cup ground chips, baking powder, garlic powder, cayenne and salt, and whisk to combine. Add the chilled beer, seltzer and vodka and whisk to combine.
  • Dredge the onion rings first into the cornstarch mixture. Coat in the batter, shaking off any excess. Finally, coat in remaining chips. Transfer to wax paper-lined tray and repeat with the remaining onions. Fry the rings in batches, 4-5 at a time until golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes. Remove to a draining rack and season with salt.
  • For the Burgers: season the burgers on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper and make an indent to the center.
  • Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle some olive oil in the hot pan and add seasoned burger patties. Cook without moving until a nice crust forms on one side, 4-5 minutes Flip and finish cooking on the other side, another 2-3 minutes. In the last minute of cooking top each burger with a slice of cheese.
  • To serve: place a burger on the bottom half of a bun then top with a few crispy onion rings. Add the top bun then serve.
  • Helpful tips:
    - To help melt cheese, add a couple tablespoons of water to the grill pan and cover with a metal bowl.
    - Make the onion rings before the burgers. Keep warm in a 200ºF oven, on a baking sheet fitted with a cooling rack.

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