Grilling Burgers with Red Onion

Grilled Red Onion Burger

In my opinion, there is nothing like biting into a nice juicy grilled burger. I love how the meat acquires the smokiness of the grill. For me that just makes a great difference.

Grilling burgers can be tricky but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are some simple steps to follow so that you end up with a wonderful burger.

Number one you have to make sure you do not over handle the meat and warm up the fat. In order to get a nice juicy burger you need to let the fat be cold. Sometimes we will go as far as dipping our patty in a bowl of iced water for a few seconds before we add it to the grill.

Secondly, you need to make a dent in the middle of your patty or it will turn into a great big meatball when it hits the grill. In this case, we will prevent that by placing a thick slice of red onion in the middle. This is going to assure that the patty keeps it’s shape. The caramelized onion will add an amazing umph to your burger.

However, you do not need to do this. You can simply make a dent with your thumb in the middle of one side of your patty and you will be fine.

Finally, I usually just add salt and pepper to my burgers. However, I get adventurous sometimes and add other ingredients. In this case I added a little bit of Worcestershire sauce. Other times I will add grated onion or minced garlic or garlic powder and even chili powder. Just depends on my mood. So, I guess what I am trying to say is be adventurous and don’t shy away from being creative.

Here is what you are going to need for 4 burgers delicious grilled burgers:
4 rolls
1 pound ground beef
Salt and Pepper
Dash Worcestershire sauce
4 thick slices of red onion
4 slices Monterrey Jack cheese
Sliced Tomato
Pickle slices
3 tablespoons mayo
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon sweet relish
Olive oil
Garlic powder

Place the ground beef in a bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and form 4 patties forming a ‘well’ in the middle. Place an onion ring on the patty and press it into the ‘well’.

Heat the grill. Clean the grids and oil them with a wad of soaked paper towel. Place the burger on the grill, onion side down, at medium heat. Cook the burger for 7 to 8 minutes and flip.

Cover with the cheese and cook for an extra 7 to 8 minutes, until burger is cooked through and cheese melts.

Brush the insides of the rolls with olive oil and sprinkle some garlic powder on them. Place them face down on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes until toasted.

While your meat is cooking, mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish in a bowl. Smear the bottom of a roll with your sauce. Place the cooked patty on it and top with tomato slice, pickles and lettuce. Smear the top roll and cover you burger. Serve and enjoy!

Print the Grilled Onion Burger Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • July 21, 2012

    Carlo Garcia

    Hola, tiene el video de esta receta…

    Mil gracias.

    Carlo de Mexico

  • July 21, 2012

    Carlo Garcia

    Nadamas de leerlo, se me hace agua la boca…delicioso. Gracias, que bueno que se sale
    de la receta tradicional.

    Carlo de Mexico

  • July 29, 2012


    Hola Carlo!
    Esta hamburguesa es verdaderamente deliciosa! Hare un video de esto en cuanto llegue a Vanuatu. Que estes muy bien corazon!
    Mary Ann

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