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Onion ‘Bun’ Flying Dutchman

Today, we’re diving into the delicious world of cast iron skillet cooking with a twist on a beloved classic: the Flying Dutchman from In-N-Out, featuring onion ‘buns’. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this mouthwatering creation that’s perfect for any indoor cookout or family gathering. Let’s heat up those skillets and get cooking!

Why settle for ordinary when you can create extraordinary? By using a cast iron skillet, you’ll achieve that perfect sear and caramelization, elevating the flavors of this iconic burger. Imagine juicy beef patties sizzling in the skillet, gooey melted cheese, all nestled between tender, caramelized onion rounds. It’s a flavor explosion that will have your family and friends coming back for seconds. Whether you’re hosting a cozy dinner at home or craving a deliciously indulgent meal, this dish is sure to impress.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 blend recommended)
  • 4 slices of American cheese (or your cheese of choice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion
  • Optional: lettuce, tomato, pickles, condiments

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Peel the onion and slice horizontally into thick rounds, keeping the rings intact.
  3. Season the onion rounds with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the onion rounds in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender and caramelized. Set aside.
  5. Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and shape into thin patties.
  6. Season the patties with salt and pepper on both sides.
  7. Place the patties in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until desired doneness is reached.
  8. Place a slice of cheese on top of two patties and allow it to melt slightly.
  9. Place one grilled onion round on a plate, followed by a cheese-topped patty.
  10. Add optional toppings like lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
  11. Place another grilled onion round on top, followed by the remaining cheese-topped patty.
  12. Finish with a final grilled onion round on top to complete the “bun”.
  13. Serve immediately and enjoy the mouthwatering goodness!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Ensure your cast iron skillet is well-seasoned to prevent sticking and achieve that perfect crust on the patties.
  • For extra flavor, add a dash of Worcestershire sauce or your favorite seasoning blend to the ground beef before shaping into patties.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet to allow for proper caramelization of the onions and even cooking of the patties.

Variations:

  1. Bacon Lover’s Delight: Top your Flying Dutchman with crispy bacon strips for an extra indulgent treat.
  2. Mushroom Madness: Sauté mushrooms in butter and garlic, then pile them high on your burger for a savory twist.
  3. Southwest Fiesta: Add sliced avocado, salsa, and jalapeños for a spicy, Tex-Mex-inspired flavor explosion.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Crispy sweet potato fries
  2. Grilled corn on the cob with chili lime butter
  3. Classic coleslaw with a tangy dressing
  4. Creamy potato salad with bacon and chives
  5. Grilled vegetable skewers with balsamic glaze
  6. Homemade macaroni and cheese
  7. Fresh fruit salad with mint
  8. Garlic parmesan breadsticks
  9. Tangy cucumber salad with dill dressing
  10. Zesty pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes and olives

Freezing:

  1. Allow the cooked burgers to cool completely.
  2. Individually wrap each burger tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
  3. Place the wrapped burgers in a single layer on a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer.
  4. Once frozen solid, transfer the wrapped burgers to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag.
  5. Label the container or bag with the date and contents for easy identification.
  6. Store the frozen burgers in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating:

  1. Remove the desired number of burgers from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Unwrap the thawed burgers and place them in the skillet.
  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until heated through and the cheese is melted.
  5. Optional: Add a splash of water to the skillet and cover with a lid to create steam, which will help ensure the burgers stay juicy.
  6. Once heated through, remove the burgers from the skillet and serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy your delicious Flying Dutchman burgers once again!

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Onion Wrapped Flying Dutchman

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Peel the onion and slice horizontally into thick rounds, keeping the rings intact.

  3. Season the onion rounds generously with salt and pepper.

  4. Place the onion rounds in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender and caramelized. Add one slice of cheese. Set aside.

  5. Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and shape into thin patties. Season the patties with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the patties in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until desired doneness is reached. (Optional: you can fry the patties in mustard)

  6. Place a slice of cheese on top of two patties and allow it to melt slightly. Place one grilled onion round on a plate, followed by a cheese-topped patty.

  7. Add optional toppings like lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Place another grilled onion round on top, followed by the remaining cheese-topped patty.

  8. Finish with a final grilled onion round on top to complete the “bun”. Serve immediately and enjoy the mouthwatering goodness!

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