Caramelized Onion Cheeseburger

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Deliciously sweet caramelized onions are piled high on top of a lean and juicy beef burger to make these caramelized onion burgers.

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Caramelized onion burger in a roll with a glass of red wine on the side

I received free samples of wine from Wine Access, as always all opinions are completely mine.

I wish I could say that this recipe is a quick one, but I can’t. Sometimes we just have to let our food cook low and slow to achieve the maximum potential of flavor, and that’s how it is with caramelized onions.

Making caramelized onions is slow cooking process that can take up to 45 minutes.  So be patient and enjoy the fragrant aroma of the onions as they slowly cook in butter and wine while you dream about these juicy burgers.

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caramelized onion burger cut in half on a plate with a salad

Wine and Food

Wine and food are meant for each other. I absolutely love trying out different types of wine and pairing them with easy home cooked meals. I also enjoy using wine to cook, and I typically use red wine to make caramelized onions. The wine adds more depth and a touch more sweetness which enhances the flavor of the slow cooked onions.

Quality wine is an absolute  must even when you are cooking with it. My preference is a Cabernet or Merlot when making caramelized onions, especially when they are being served with beef. Most recently I chose to add and to pair  my caramelized onion burger with 2015 Clos Saite Anne Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux, a Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon which was introduced to me through Wine Access. The wine not only tasted delicious in the onions, but paired perfectly with the rich flavor of these  burgers.

If you love wine, and  haven’t heard of Wine Access, I highly suggest that  you check them out. They are a unique online wine store; their wine experts search the world for premium wines and  actually taste them before deciding which wines will make the cut. I had the opportunity to try out  three of their wines and each one was outstanding. The wines are premium wines that you won’t find everywhere, and their selection changes regularly. If you love learning about and trying new and different wines, head on over to the Wine Access Storepage.

caramelized onion burger cut in half

 

Caramelized Onion Burger Ingredients

Here is what you will need to make this recipe:

  • Caramelized onions – Here is my recipe for caramelized onions
  • red wine – a good Cabernet or Merlot is perfect, for some ideas, check out the Wine Access Storepage.
  • lean ground beef – lean grass-fed chuck or chopped sirloin is my recommendation.  If you don’t have access to grass-fed good quality ground chuck, round or sirloin will do.
  • sea salt
  • cracked pepper
  • sharp cheddar cheese
caramelized onion burger on a plate with a salad

Serving Serving Suggestions

Serve caramelized onion burgers with a side of air-fried cauliflower, a salad and don’t forget the pickles.

Recipe Steps for Caramelized Onion Burgers

Please note that this a list of steps to give you an idea how to make this recipe. Full details are in the recipe card below. 

  1. Make the burgers by forming them into four patties
  2. Sprinkle each one with sea salt and pepper
  3. Grill the burgers for about 5 to 8 minutes on each side
  4. Top the burgers with cheese, and pile on the caramelized onions.
caramelized onion burger on a plate with pickles and a salae

Caramelized Onion Burger Tips and Variations

Tips

  • Make onions ahead of time – the caramelized onions can be made ahead of time and heated up before topping your burger with them.
  • Use a meat thermometer for a perfectly cooked burger. Medium rare – 125 to 130, Medium 135 – 140, Medium Well 145 – 160.

Variations

  • Switch out the ground beef for 1 pound ground chicken, pork or bison
  • Add a slice of bacon to each burger

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caramelized onion burger on a plate with pickles and a salae

Carmelized Onion Burger

Sweet caramelized onions are piled high on top of a lean and juicy beef burger to make these caramelized onion burgers

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Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger recipe, Burgers, grilled burger recpe
Servings: 4
Author: Anne
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Ingredients

  • [Caramelized Onions]
  • 1 pound lean ground grass fed beef
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • If you are making your onions at the same time as the burger. Pre-heat the grill about 20 minutes after the onions have been cooking. 
  • Make the burgers by shaping them into 4 patties
  • Sprinkle each one with sea salt and pepper
  • Just as the onions are finishing up, add the burgers to the grill and grill for 6 to 8 minutes on one side and flip them.  Cook for about 5 minutes more.
  • If you are using cheese, top each burger with cheese and cook the burger until it reaches desired internal temperature.
  • Top each burger with a spoonful of onions.

Notes

Nutrition information does not include the roll. Nutrition information is provided by Nutrifox,  an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only.  Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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16 Comments

  1. I love the flavour of caramelized onions and they are always worth the time it take to make them properly. They sound amazing on a burger. Can’t wait to try.

  2. All good things take time and and there is no exception to caramelized onions. These onions look delicious! Can’t wait to try. Pinned.

  3. I love a good burger with onions on it. Your burger looks fabulously delicious. My sister is having a burger party at her lake house and we’re all to bring an addon or condiment so I’m going to cook your onions like you described and I can’t wait to try them on the burgers!

  4. I recently discovered caramelized onions (and how easy they are to make at home) and I cannot stop adding them to everything! This burger looks divine and I know my family is going to love them!

  5. I think caramelized onions are a magical ingredient that makes everything taste better. The burger goes from good to fantastic with just that addition. We’ve grilling burgers out this weekend and this is just the way we’ll make them.

  6. The low and slow process of caramelizing onions..soooo worth it I agree! But I’ve never thought of adding wine to my burgers. I can’t wait to try this.

  7. I agree with you on some things being cooked low and slow – caramelized onions are totally worth the extra time and effort with this beef burger. Unfortunately, I don’t have wine, so was wondering if that can be subbed with something else?