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April 5, 2011

Katie Lee's Logan County Burgers


I don't know much about Katie Lee except that she is Billy Joel's much younger and cuter ex-wife (I actually thought she was his daughter!) and a celebrity chef of course. Oh, and I know about her Logan County Burgers! These thin burgers were inspired by her grandmother, who grew up during the Depression in Logan County, West Virginia. That is more than I knew a few minutes ago. Good ole google.

So now that we know a lil more about Katie, let's get to know these burgers! First, you wanna combine the beef, egg, grated onion, and seasonings in a medium or large bowl. Mix it up all good. You know the deal. My "grated" onions weren't really grated... more of diced. Next time we will definitely grate them - they would have anchored the beef together more and kept it from falling apart better.


Then form the mixture into super thin patties. The original recipe says this makes six burgers. We made it into four burgers.... two burgers for each of us (although there is no way I can eat two!). So maybe ours weren't as thin as Katie's.

Once patties are formed, you can spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. We will come back to the bread in a bit...

Then in a large skillet, cook the patties for about 3 minutes on each side on medium-high heat, or until cooked to your liking. See all of that excess grease from the burgers? Please drain that! Drain those burgers on paper towels, and drain the grease from the skillet... because now we are gonna brown the bread!

So in that same skillet, place four slices of bread, butter side down. Then top each with a slice of cheese, some sliced onions, and a burger patty. Then top with remaining cheese slices, and bread with the butter side up. Cook em about 2 minutes or so on each side, until golden brown and cheese is ooey gooey! 

Katie Lee's Logan County Burgers
Slightly adapted by SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl

*Makes 4 burgers
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 medium yellow onion, half grated, the other half thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 slices American cheese
In a medium bowl, combine beef, egg, grated onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.

Form into thin patties. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers about 3 minutes on each side or until done. Drain on paper towels. Drain the grease from the skillet.

In the same skillet, place four slices of bread, butter side down. Top each with a slice of cheese, some sliced onions, and a burger. Top with remaining slices of cheese, and bread with butter side up. Cook each sandwich until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 2 minutes per side.

I am linking up to:
Tasty Tuesdays @ 33 Shades of Green
...and to This Week's Craving - the theme this week is HAMBURGER MEAT!

There you have it! A cheeseburger and grilled cheese in one!

Peace, and bacon grease!


anniebakes said...

Those look SOOOOO good, thanks for sharing, anne

Tree said...

YUMMY! That's almost what we call a "Patty Melt" except with white bread. And those green beans look awesome too!! Thanks for linking up for Tasty Tuesday this week!

Leah Beyer said...

Seriously, these look so good. Nothing beats a burger! Thanks for linking up to Hunk of Meat Monday!

Desperately Seeking Gina said...

lol...I thought Katie was his daughter too!!

Lisa Berkery said...

Hi there!

Thank you so much for following my blog. I’m stopping by to follow back! I look forward to reading all of your great recipes and more!

Have a great week!

Unknown said...

Ooooh.. Desi.. that looks amazing!!!

Desi said...

@ Anniebakes - Oh yes they are good!

@ Tree - It is super similar to a patty melt, you are right! I am not a huge fan of rye bread so I think this suits me better :)

@ Leah - I love burgers! These weren't the best ever, but still tasty :)

@ Gina - Ha, glad I'm not the only one!

@ Lisa - Thanks for the follow back! Come back anytime!!!

Michele said...

Oh my gosh! My husband and step son would absolutely LOVE these. They're "meat and dough" guys all the way when left to their own devices. I'm thinking these will have to be bookmarked for a deliciously indulgent dinner sometime soon.

Thanks for linking to the Hearth and Soul Hop!



You are being a temptress! I want one right now. Thanks for sharing.

Carla and Michael said...

Katie Lee has some good recipes. I love the simple foods sometimes too.

Desi said...

@ Michelle - I hope your loved ones love these burgers!

@ Permanent Posies - I AM a good tease, ask my fiancee :)

@ Carla and Michael - I will have to try some more of Katie Lee's recipes, as this was my first and only.

Chris said...

Here via your guest post at Jenn's. I'm with you, there's no way you can make 6 patties from one lb of beef, unless they were sliders, haha.

Ours typically weight 1/3rd lb prior to grilling. Yeah, I actually weigh them, what a dork:)

Desi said...

@ Chris - That is not dorky! It's actually very smart... we are always wondering what is the perfect thickness and size for a burger... and if you weigh it you pretty much will get it right exactly how you like it every time! Great idea :)

Karen S Booth said...

THANKS so much for sharing this amazing recipe Des, I made it for my secret recipe club April recipe! LOVELY to meet you too! Karen from Lavender and Lovage