Gav Martell: He’s in the Kitchen


The First-Date Burger

if you both have stinky breath it totally cancels out

Valentine's Day can be overwhelming if you're cooking for someone else. You want it to be romantic, yet delicious. Playful, yet grown-up. One of the biggest no-nos is certainly giving your date bad breath on a night when you should be getting up close and personal, right?

Wrong! If you both eat something delicious that leaves you with bad breath you totally cancel each other out. It's that whole double negative thing. You don't not, not, have stink-breath. Ya see? And so I suggest you try a triple hit of onion with garlic mayo this Valentine's Day. The compounded texture of crisp green onion, the crunchy onion rings, the soft succulent caramelized onions. The marriage of the savoury garlic-herb mayo with the bold, smokey BBQ sauce. The perfect trio of onion flavour that make this hamburger recipe one of my all time favourites.

The First-Date Burger
Serves: 4


1 package onion rings, prepared (with real, not processed, onions!)
2 Vidalia onions, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1 pound ground beef
4 hamburger rolls
2 tablespoons garlic mayonnaise spread
2 green onions (white sliced thin, green slice into 1 inch pieces)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce


Begin to prepare the onion rings as per directions.

Heat a large skillet over Medium-High heat. Heat oil and then add slices onions and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until caramelized, about 15 minutes.

Heat grill to Medium-High heat. Form ground beef into patties and season with salt and pepper. Place hamburgers on grill and cook until desired doneness, about 10 minutes for medium, turning once only. Before removing hamburgers from grill, brush liberally with barbecue sauce.

To compile sandwich, spread mayonnaise on bun tops and sprinkle with green onions. Place one hamburger on each bun bottom, top with caramelized onions and onion rings. Enjoy!


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