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Old 09-21-2017, 03:39 PM   #21
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I would like to make a perfect copy of a fast food restaurant hamburger just to be able to do it. It's not something that I would cook and serve at my house often but if I could do one of those taste tests where the kids have to determine which is the Daddy Burger and which is from McDonalds and they couldn't I would count that as a win.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:13 PM   #22
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To the OP question: I love onions on my burgers - usually a slice of raw onion. I don't mind a sharp one - bold flavors have always been my preference for a good sandwich. I try to use sweet onion when I can get it, but plain yellow onion is fine too.

When eating out at a brewpub or similar restaurant, I often have one that comes with deep fried onion straws. They add a different texture that I like.

After reading this thread today, I went to our local place just down the street for lunch. I had a patty melt burger with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing on toasted light rye.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:39 PM   #23
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Jeez, man..we're going backwards, here..

If you want a milder onion, as said, find a sweet one. Fry them up on med heat and do not brown...let cool and microwave them when you want to use them....
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:56 PM   #24
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I don't think there is any special trick that fast food places use to mellow out their onions, I think it's because they use subprime onions, prepped in bulk and sat in a container for who knows how long.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:19 PM   #25
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I don't think there is any special trick that fast food places use to mellow out their onions, I think it's because they use subprime onions, prepped in bulk and sat in a container for who knows how long.
I know that when I use part of an onion for something and put the rest in the fridge, it's not as sharp the next time I use it. It doesn't take more than a day to start to lose some of it's potency.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:36 PM   #26
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I almost always use white sweet onions on grilled burgers, and just use a couple of thin rings (raw) on the burger while I'm putting the other condiments on it. That way I get a little taste of the onion every few bites or so, rather than a slice of overwhelming onion in every bite.

Now I want a grilled burger.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:13 AM   #27
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My BIL is a regional manager for a company that runs machines which process foods for, among other things, the fast food industry.

I once asked him this exact question, about the mellow taste of fast food "raw" onions.

He said that once the onions are sliced, they go through a quick rinse of hot water before being dried off and bagged for shipment.

The hot water is to make sure they're clean before being shipped. It helps them last a bit longer as well, plus it mellows their flavor.

He also mentioned that fast food companies prefer uniform ingredients so they can serve a consistent product, so I guess mellow onions are more uniform.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:23 AM   #28
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So...maybe blanch them quickly in hot water, drain and pat dry and store in tupperware? I may give that a try. I tried zapping them in the microwave with mixed results. I prefer non-sweet onions.
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:23 AM   #29
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I've often done the cold water but it never occurred to me to use boiling water.

Thanks for the tip!
You're very welcome, dragn! At least I know someone bothered reading my post. It only took another 26 for Caslon to get with the program.

Just kidding, Caslon. It's just that there are times I feel my contributions are typed with invisible...bits????? Pardon my whining...
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:16 AM   #30
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keeping onion in boiling hot water, or even simply very hot water for few minutes will help to mellow onion.
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