05/16/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
Katie Lee’s burgers are so special that they have two names. The first, Logan County, for her home state of West Virginia, and the second, award-winning, because, well, they’ve been recognized for their yumminess!
The recipe is pretty straightforward (and doesn’t require a grill), though some yellow onion and grilled bread put this all-American favorite over the edge.
Logan County Burger
1 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 medium yellow onion, half grated, the other half thinly sliced
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
12 slices white bread
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
12 slices American cheese
1. In a bowl, combine beef, egg, grated onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Form thin patties. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Drain grease from the skillet.
3. In the same skillet, place six slices of bread, butter side down. Top each with a slice of cheese, some onions and a burger. Top with remaining slices of cheese and bread, butter side up. Cook each sandwich until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.