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Old 09-21-2017, 02:32 AM   #1
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Onions and hamburgers

Lately, in my attempt to make a burger chain type cheesburger, everything is ok, except my onion slices added. They are overly crunchy and sharp tasting.

When I buy a drive thru burger, the onion slices aren't that sharp tasting or crunchy. Mine are. They don't fry them, they are just right.

I buy brown or yellow onions at my supermarket. When I bite into my burger, the onion slices are too sharp tasting and overly crunchy.

Besides using red onions, I don't know why they are overly crunchy and too sharp tasting. Besides having to saute them.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that major burger chains contract out for their own proprietary onions. The same with pickles.

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Old 09-21-2017, 03:38 AM   #2
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Or the restaurants pour hot water over sliced onions to remove some of the sharp taste and wilt the onion slices. I've done a cold-water soak to take some sharp flavor out, but I've also done the boiling water to limp them up.
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Old 09-21-2017, 04:11 AM   #3
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Have you tried Vidalia or sweet onions? Much less bite than other varieties.
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Old 09-21-2017, 05:14 AM   #4
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Only in America do we try to make our fresh home cooked food taste like it came from a fast food restaurant!!!

I think that some burger chains use prepackaged precut onions that have spent a week or two sealed in a plastic bag.

Try cutting your onions in the morning or the day before, rinsing them under cold running water, pat dry, place in a plastic bag or container with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate until burger time.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:39 AM   #5
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Or the restaurants pour hot water over sliced onions to remove some of the sharp taste and wilt the onion slices. I've done a cold-water soak to take some sharp flavor out, but I've also done the boiling water to limp them up.
I've often done the cold water but it never occurred to me to use boiling water.

Thanks for the tip!
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:52 AM   #6
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Slice the onion thinner.
Use sweet onions.
Cook the onions.

I used to use sliced onions until our granddaughter moved in. She likes sautéed onions so now she has learned to sauté onions for when we have burgers.
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Slice the onion thinner.
Use sweet onions.
Cook the onions.

I used to use sliced onions until our granddaughter moved in. She likes sautéed onions so now she has learned to sauté onions for when we have burgers.
Andy, when you're grilling the burgers, suggest to your granddaughter that she try a grilled slice of onion. I don't like raw onions, but grilled ones are delicious.
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.... I don't like raw onions, but grilled ones are delicious.
GG, how thick to you slice them?
and what do you do to prevent them from breaking up or falling thru the grill?
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I leave the skin on and slice them about 3/4 inch thick. I have a set of metal skewers I use to keep them from falling apart as they cook (there's a teaspoon, for scale). I found them years ago at a local kitchen store. Toothpicks or small bamboo skewers might also work.
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Only in America do we try to make our fresh home cooked food taste like it came from a fast food restaurant!!!
You took the words right out of my mouth, Aunt Bea
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