Elizabeth was going out for one of her after-work events - drinks at Red O, some art gallery opening - so I was left to fend for myself. I went for the three Bs: burger, beer, basketball. I cooked a ground beef patty on the grill pan, melting white cheddar on top and adding some onions that I had caramelized in the afternoon.
And then for a contrast of onion textures, I added some garlic-pepper crispy onion strips. The piquant, salty taste of those played nicely off the buttery sweetness of the caramelized onions.
And because one cannot have too many onions, particularly when dining solo, I added a couple of onion rings to the collection.
Years ago I had a burger at Firefly in South Pasadena, one of their Thursday night "Burgers, Beer & Blues" evenings, and it came with A.1. aioli. I'm not sure I would have come up with that on my own, but it's delicious, and every once in a while I make it for a burger. Like this one.
You didn't think we were done, did you? I added cole slaw as well.
Now this... this is a burger for me.
On a soft potato roll.
The burger rocked. The beer was cold. The Lakers didn't lose. (True, they weren't playing, but still...)