The many variations of burgers and fries delight me. Today, I am feeling Italian-inspired, so the cheese is fontina, the herbs an Italian blend, the buns buttered and toasted, and the fries topped with Parmesan. Yum!
This is the perfect meal to enjoy with a sparkling water and watch a student’s online recital. That is perhaps the benefit of being primarily online; I can enjoy my kid’s recitals in comfy clothes and while eating something delicious. Always look on the bright side!
2 potato buns
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
10 ounces ground beef, split into 2 equal portions
2 ounces of fontina cheese, split into 2 equal portions
1 ounces of shredded Parmesan cheese
I Russet potato, sliced into fries
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Toss the fries with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking tray. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the beef , Italian seasoning, 1 1/12 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste. Divide the beef into 2 equal portions and wrap each around a piece of fontina and flatten into patties. Salt and pepper the outside.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Fry the patties for 2-3 minutes a side, until browned. Put on a plate to rest. As the patties fry, flip the fries and cover with the Parmesan cheese. Cook for another 5 minutes before removing the fries from the oven.
As the burgers rest, butter the buns. Grill them in the skillet you used to cook the burgers until golden brown. Top your burger with whatever condiment you prefer, and serve with fries! Enjoy!