Your friends and neighbors may be happy with a simple cheeseburger, but not you. You're different. Special. One slice of American cheese on a patty just won't do it for you; you need a cheeseburger that brings the cheese in oozy ounces. Well, we've got the melt-y, cheese-y, scrumptious-y Swiss fondue burger here, for all your cheese needs. The flavor doesn't end with cheese; the burger is topped with a sweet onion jam and served with fries. Treat yourself to this special burger, and leave the simple burgers behind.
Cut potatoes into ½" sticks. Halve and peel onion. Slice halves into thin strips. Mince garlic. Stem and mince parsley. Combine Thousand Island dressing, smoked paprika, garlic, and half the parsley (reserve remaining for fry garnish) in a small mixing bowl.
Bake the Fries
Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet, toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and spread into a single layer. Bake 20 minutes. Flip potatoes and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. While fries bake, make onion jam.
Make the Onion Jam
Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil, onions, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper to hot pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and evenly browned, 10 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp. water and cook until sweet and jammy, 3-5 minutes. While onions cook, make burgers.
Make the Burgers
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Form ground beef into two 4"-diameter patties and season both sides with ½ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and patties to hot pan. Cook until browned and burgers reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 4-6 minutes per side. Remove burgers to a plate. Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Toast Buns and Make Fondue
Return pan used to cook burgers to medium heat with 1 tsp. olive oil. Add buns, cut side down, to hot pan. Toast until golden brown, 1 minute. Remove buns to a plate. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean. Return pan to medium-low heat. Add cream and Swiss cheese to hot pan. Stir until melted, 1-2 minutes. Immediately remove pan from burner once cheese melts to avoid breaking sauce.
Plate the Dish
Place bottom bun on a plate. Top with burger, fondue, onion jam, and top bun. Serve fries and dipping sauce alongside. Garnish fries with remaining parsley.