Photo: Johnny Autry; Food Styling: Charlotte Autry
Hands-on Time
38 Mins
Total Time
38 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

Tender, golden shallots lend a lovely sweetness to this classic cheeseburger.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add shallots and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Step 2

Gently combine garlic and beef. Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in the center of each patty. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each patty with 2 tablespoons cheese; cover and cook 1 minute or until cheese melts.

Step 4

Place 1/4 cup arugula on bottom half of each bun; top with 1 patty and one-fourth of shallots. Spread about 2 teaspoons mayonnaise on top half of each bun; place on top of burgers.

Ratings & Reviews

claudiacat's Review

August 05, 2014
In all fairness I could not give this five stars because I substituted Jarlsberg cheese for the cheddar so therefore am not reviewing as written. That said, every other part of it was outstanding and the shallots are such a different taste than onions! My husband is particular about his burgers and said it was "the best burger of the summer". :) We did add a sliced tomato as one other reviewer recommended. We will make this again with friends over.

Karen1984's Review

March 24, 2014

mandofan's Review

September 02, 2013
Just a damn fine burger. Adding a slice of fresh summer tomato makes it even better. I grilled it at med-hi (3 second hand count) for 3 minutes per side, covered, and it came out perfect. Given the overall ease of prep, this will be a go to burger for grilling season.

erobbins4's Review

December 09, 2012

ktleyed's Review

August 21, 2012
"Sinfully delicious" said my husband. Definitely a keeper, made it just as recipe stated. I left out the bun on mine, but it was still absolutely delish!

Whygal's Review

August 06, 2012
Excellent burgers! I made sliders as I had slider rolls in the freezer. I also grilled them outside rather than cook them in a skillet. Will make again.

sukeedog's Review

June 02, 2012

dbshade's Review

May 31, 2012
If you love a good burger this is for you!! I prepared everything exactly as written in the recipe. When I'm watching my calories, what I love is flavorful foods that totally satisfy. This burger completely satisfied that burger craving. Eat it slowly and savor all the interesting favors. Had a side of fresh mixed berries with the burger. Delizioso!

RobinE's Review

May 17, 2012
Great recipe, real "gourmet" burgers

Nanikay's Review

May 17, 2012