Barbeque Cheddar Burger with Caramelized Onions

It’s June 1st and I’m officially declaring it summer!


I know last weekend was Memorial Day and it should have been the time to share this fabulous burger recipe but I have to say my heart wasn’t in it. It rained/snowed all weekend and it’s difficult to get in the grilling mood when you have to don a beanie and gloves just to go on the back porch.

So to celebrate the fact that the sun is shining in Park City today, here is a recipe for one of my favorite burgers.

I don’t eat a lot of red meat but I do love a good steak and a good burger every once in awhile. In fact, sometimes nothing hits the spot like a burger hot from the grill!

Before I delve into the recipe, lets do a little burger 101.

  1. Lean meat has a time and place but on the grill is not it. Look for ground beef marked 85/15. That’s code for 85% lean, 15% fat. A little fat is good. It will go a long way to flavor your burger and make sure that it doesn’t dry out.
  2. The quality of the meat is important. I always use organic ground chuck if I can find it. Whole Foods almost always has it available and sometimes I can find it at Costco so I’ll buy extra and put it in the freezer.
  3. Handle the ground beef as little as possible. The more you play with it and mix it up, the tougher the burger will be. Tough burger= no bueno.
  4. Make sure your grill is nice and hot before putting the burgers on. Flip them just once. Don’t mess around the burgers. In this case, less is more.
  5. And lastly, for the love of all things burger, DO NOT SMASH YOUR BURGERS WHILE COOKING THEM. Trust me. You lose all the fat and flavor of the burger and the result will be less than desirable.


The highlights of this burger are the caramelized onions and the barbeque aioli. Which is simply code for barbeque sauce mixed with mayonnaise. These few components can be done a day ahead or just before you plan to serve the burgers. Making this a great recipe for entertaining since you can do most of it ahead of time. In fact, you can season the burger and make the patties earlier in the day as well.

As you can see from the pictures, I served this burger on a toasted whole grain english muffin. I had a burger a few years back at a little diner in midtown Manhattan that was served on an english muffin. Ever since, it’s been my bread of choice when making burgers. But feel free to use what you like here.


I use sharp cheddar in this recipe. I like the way it balances the sweetness of the bbq sauce and caramelized onions. To add some freshness and crunch to the burger, I added some iceberg lettuce and sliced tomato. Plus the vegetables makes me feel a teensy bit less guilty about eating the whole darn thing!

This burger is big, juicy, messy, filling, and oh so delicious. What every burger should be, don’t you think?