Pumpkin Swiss Burger with Fried Sage

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Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 lbs lean ground beef
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
4 slices Swiss cheese
9 fresh sage leaves
4 hamburger buns
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl combine, beef, pumpkin, garlic powder, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Form four hamburger patties and set aside. Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Place hamburger patties into the skillet and cook for five minutes on the first side. Flip and cook an additional four minutes with last minute placing cheese slices on top of each patties allow it to melt. Once the cheese has melted and the burgers are cooked, remove from skillet and set aside on a plate.

In another skillet preheated to medium heat, add 3 tablespoons unsalted butter. Add the onion slices, salt and pepper to the skillet. Saute until soft and golden brown about 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to stir often to keep the onions from burning. Remove from skillet and set aside when done.

In another skillet preheated to medium-high heat, add the remaining butter to the skillet. Add sage leaves and fry them in the butter until crispy about three minutes. Remove sage leaves with a slotted spoon and set aside.

To assemble, place burger patty on a bottom bun. Top patty with caramelized onion and the top bun. Using a toothpick place two fried sage leaves on top of the bun to make sure they stay in place. Serve immediately.

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