Originally posted by wallhd
A hamburger is pretty good no matter how it is cooked or what it is dressed with, but......
Given a choice I will take mine rare to medium rare on a soft bun, lightly toasted, with white American cheese, sometimes with a slice of onion, sometimes with a slice of grilled onion, salt and pepper and NOTHING else!
What some places call a patty melt, i.e. a cheeseburger added to a grilled cheese sandwich on white bread, is a nice variation sometimes as well.
I like mine with cheese, sauteed onions, sweet pickle relish, ketchup and mustard. By the way, my meat has to be well done. I won't touch the burger if it isn't.
I can remember being in some sort of small cafe in Johnson City Texas 10 years ago or so and ordering what their menu touted as a 1/2# burger. I told the teen ager who waited on me that I wanted that burger with cheese. She asked me what else I wanted on it and I said "just cheese thanks". Off she went behind the counter and hollered quite loudly that "some guy out there wants our big burger (or whatever they called it) with nothing but cheese"! I guess this boy with the funny (upstate NY) accent must have seemed like a real oddball to someone from rural Texas!!