Burgers and I are fickle friends. I don’t eat a lot of meat, and when I do burgers aren’t usually high on my want-list. It’s not that I don’t like them. Honestly, a really good burger is a total treat — juicy, flavorful and so satisfying. They just aren’t my favorite, and when you limit your consumption of something it becomes more important to indulge in things that really are favorites. So I don’t eat them often. But when Will and I recently went to Hartford for an event, we stopped at Rainforest Cafe on our way home for lunch. Checking out the menu, their Guacamole Burger caught my eye. It’s a burger topped with a fried onion ring, pepper jack cheese, bacon, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and even a pickle — if you want it. (I eat my pickles off the burger, thankyouverymuch.) It was amazing.
In one of those little serendipitous moments, soon after I received an email from a rep for Alexia foods asking if I wanted to try a few of their new side dishes including Multi-Grain Onion Rings. Onion rings? Did you say onion rings? Count me in! (Yes, I am kind of an onion ring junkie. Love them.)
Immediately, I thought about recreating the delicious burger I had with Will and decided that would be the perfect way to enjoy them. When I baked these up, they were crispy with a soft, sweet onion center and a light nuttiness to them — just perfect for this combo.
This burger combines creamy guacamole with crispy onion rings, sweet grape tomatoes and sharp cheddar cheese. It’s such a great melody of flavors and textures. And yes, I skipped the bacon and lettuce in my version (and changed the cheese, added more onion rings and more tomatoes). But really, this burger doesn’t need anything more. It’s perfect just as it is.
I really love this Loaded Guacamole Onion Ring Burger.
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Loaded Guacamole Onion Ring Burger
4 beef burger patties
4 kaiser rolls
4 slices sharp cheddar
8 onion rings (suggested: Alexia Multi-Grain Onion Rings), plus additional for a side dish
10 grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup-1 cup guacamole, to taste
Preheat the grill. Cook burgers to desired doneness.
Slice open the kaiser rolls. Top each one with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, the piping hot burger, two onion rings, 1/4 of the grape tomatoes and desired amount of guacamole.
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. However, I did receive free product to play with from Alexia foods. All opinions are, as always, my own.