Prime Rib Cheeseburger
Prime rib is a cut of beef from the primal rib, one of the nine primal cuts of beef.
I've used this cut for the ground beef because of its high-fat content which will turn out a juicy, flavorful burger.
Grilling the burgers is great when the weather is favorable. If you want to make this recipe when it's cold and snowy outside or you don't have a grill, use a frying pan. Simply heat the pan on high, add a small amount of oil and cook the burgers on both sides until they are done to perfection.
Check out my potato salad recipe as a side with your burgers.
Yield: serves 4
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 1–1 1/2 hours
¼ cup canola oil
2 large yellow onions, small diced
28 oz prime rib roast, trimmed
4 oz gruyere cheese, grated
4 oz white cheddar cheese, grated
4 burger buns
Salt and pepper to taste
Trimming the beef
Start by trimming away any silver skin from the rib roast. This is the tough connective tissue that doesn't break down during the cooking process.
Separate the silver skin from the white fat and use the fat for the burgers. Discard the silver skin.
If you are grinding the meat fresh you can cook the burgers to your preferred doneness. I like to cook them medium, the fat gets warm and melted at that stage making these burgers juicy and delicious.
For the burgers
Heat a saucepan on low heat.
Add the canola oil and onions. Cook the onions, stirring often until they become golden brown and caramelized. This takes 30–45 minutes.
Preheated a grill on high heat.
Set up a standing mixer with the meat grinder attachment.
Cut the meat and the fat into smaller pieces.
Grind the beef into a large mixing bowl. Alternatively, if you do not have a meat grinder you can chop the meat by hand. Use a large, sharp, chef's knife and mince the beef.
Weigh out 7oz portions of beef.
Press and form the beef into patties. Season each patty with salt and pepper.
Place the burgers on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes.
Turn the burgers ninety degrees and cook for 3 more minutes; flip the burgers over and repeat.
After the last turn, add the caramelized onions and cheese to the top of the burgers and allow the cheese to melt.
Cut the buns in half and grill them for about a minute to toast.
Add the burgers to the buns and serve with your favorite condiments and sides.