making life sweeter
There’s nothing quite like the flavor of a fresh, true sweet onion, but cooking with these little gems can be a bit tricky. The unique composition of a sweet onion makes them a wonderful ingredient in some dishes and a terrible choice for others. For the best results when cooking sweet onions consider these helpful tips:

Use sweets: Raw in sandwiches and salads; lightly grilled-whole or sliced, gently roasted or quickly baked; in stir-frys; power bowls, street tacos and other fresh fare. They are delicious caramelized but take care not to stir them too rigorously or cook them at too high a temperature

Avoid using in: Slow-cooker or long-simmering recipes like chili, stews, soup or in baked casserole dishes. Prolonged cooking breaks down the delicate texture and flavor of sweet onions.

Please browse through our wonderful selection of Sweetie Sweet Onion Recipes below. You’re sure to find some that will become family favorites. We invite you to join our Onion ObsessionSM Club to periodically receive information and recipes featuring onions.
Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions
Ingredients
5 tablespoons butter, divided
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
8 slices good quality bread (we used whole grain sourdough)
8 slices cheese (we used Swiss)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
Make the caramelized onions: Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet to medium heat on the stove top. Add onions and stir to coat all of the onions with the butter. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the onions have softened and turned a caramel color. The entire process should take about 15-20 minutes. Salt onions the last few minutes of cooking. Once onions are caramelized, transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep them warm.

Make the burger patties: In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce with your (clean) hands until just combined. Be careful not to overwork the meat or the patties will be tough when cooked.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in the same skillet you cooked the onions in to medium-high on the stove top. When the buyer is melted and begins to bubble, add the patties. Cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping once in the middle of cooking. Once cooked, remove patties and place on a plate. Turn skillet down to medium heat.

Assemble the sandwiches: Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place one slice of bread butter side down on your work surface. Add two slices of cheese, then a burger patty. Top with a scoop of onions. Place another slice of bread on top of the sandwich, butter side out. Repeat for the other 3 sandwiches. Grill in your skillet until the cheese melts and bread begins to brown. Flip and grill the other side of the sandwiches.

Remove to a serving dish, slice and enjoy!
Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions
Cheesy, satisfying and full of onion-y goodness, these classic burgers are awesome served alongside chips and a big scoop of potato salad. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches.
PREP TIME
10 minutes
COOK TIME
35 minutes
Looking for inspiration? Try these recipes:
Blue Cheese Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
Blue Cheese Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
Roast Beef Sandwich with Caramelized Onions
Roast Beef Sandwich with Caramelized Onions
Kale and Mushroom Linguine
Kale and Mushroom Linguine
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