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Megan takes you to one of her favorite spots to give her take on the classic American cheeseburger — with a few artisan twists.

Grilled Fennel Cheeseburger

serving time3-4


  • Quick Pickle Red Onion Ingredients:

  • 1 large red onion, sliced in 1/4' rounds ­

  • 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar

  • Juice of 1 orange

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- Hey guys, I'm Megan Mitchell, a chef and a food stylist. In this new series on Tastemade, I'm heading to beautiful places like Tomales Bay in northern California, and I'm creating amazing dishes. Tomales Bay is about an hour north of San Francisco. It has farmland, the ocean, and amazing local food producers. We're going to grill up an awesome cheeseburger with grilled fennel and pickled onions. Let's start by making our quick pickle. This will add a nice bit of tang when you bite into the burger. It's kind of like a gateway pickle. I'm using the citrus to take a little bit of the bite out of the raw onion. Letting it sit for at least 30 minutes will let all the flavors soak in, and will give you a beautiful pink color. One of the joys of cooking outside is that you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Using a mandoline can give you consistent cuts, which is ideal for chips. But be careful, it's pretty darn sharp. Sure, potato chips aren't the healthiest snack, but when I add in sweet potato and beets, it's like a sneaky way of getting my vegetables. Yup, these chips are pretty and delicious. I'm going to grill up some fennel instead of the standard onion. It's crisp and just a little sweet, with a few licorice notes. Go for quality beef, and keep it simple, to let everything else on your burger shine through. Mt. Tam is a delicious, soft brie cheese. It almost melts into the burger.

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