The Lancon Burger
The Lancon Burger
Update on the Lancon Burger Story...
There is a story behind "The Lancon Burger." Many years ago, (well, let's not be coy, it was decades), my second cousin lived with us for a while until he could get back on his feet. One day, between mealtimes, he was hungry. He decided to make a burger.
Since I always loved to watch someone cook in the kitchen, I tagged along. After he made the burger, (I had never seen it done that way before), he let me taste it. I had to make one for myself after that. Since that time, I have had cravings for a Lancon Burger every now and then. My cousin doesn't even know how much of an impression his recipe made with me. I guess I should tell him someday. (I mentioned this to his sister a while back, and she mentioned it to him. She said he didn't remember it. I will talk to him about it when I have a chance and see if I can jog his memory.)
Granted, it's not the most beautiful dish, but it is very tasty. I have modified this recipe over the years so that less oil is needed for preparation. This dish is really a "bachelor's recipe"--it requires one pan and one spatula for preparation. Simple, quick and good. To make it even more authentic, eat it right out of the pan.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm happy to introduce.........The Lancon Burger!
- 1/4 pound ground beef (sirloin or round)
- 1/2 of a medium sized white or yellow onion, sliced 1/4" thick
- 1 normal serving of frozen French Fries
- Cooking oil as needed
- Salt and pepper, to your taste
- Worcestershire Sauce, a few shakes
- Ketchup or catsup, a few drips
- Kitchen tools needed: 8"-10" iron skillet (with lid), and a spatula.
- Heat oil in skillet, high heat. You don't need to use a lot, just make sure the bottom is covered (see picture). Throw in frozen French Fries. Cover with lid for a few minutes until splattering calms down.
- Flip and stir the fries around. Throw in onion. Flip and stir around until mixture starts to brown. Kick heat down to about medium-heat.
- Push fries and onions to the side, making a circle in the middle. Throw in hamburger patty. (Yes, throw it in. Don't be alarmed). Brown and flip as needed. Carefully flip and stir other ingredients.
- When your fries start to fracture, your onion is soft & somewhat browned and the patty is done, season with salt & pepper to your taste. Sprinkle some Worcestershire Sauce over all. Three or 4 shakes should do it. It's now time to plate your masterpiece.
- Place patty in the middle of the plate. Place fries and onions in a circle around the patty. Grab your ketchup. This is important: drip the ketchup all over the patty, fries and onions. It must be dripped correctly or it won't be a Lancon Burger (see picture for correct ketchup placement).
- Enjoy your Lancon Burger! Hey, don't judge a book by it's cover, judge it by the flavor of the pages inside! :)