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Caramelized Beer Onion and Bacon Burgers

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  • Prep 1 hr 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4
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Enjoy this burger featured with bacon, ground beef and lettuce, a cheesy dinner!
Created Jun 26, 2013
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  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drippings reserved
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle (341 mL) pilsner style beer (or ginger ale)
  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 4 slices Cheddar or American cheese
  • 8 leaves red leaf lettuce or red romaine lettuce
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 kaiser rolls or crusty rolls, split


  • 1
    In 10-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
  • 2
    Reserve 1/2 cup of the beer. Stir remaining beer into onions. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden and liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. Cool.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, roughly chop 4 slices of the cooked bacon; set aside. Roughly chop half of the onion mixture; stir into chopped bacon.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, stir chopped onion and bacon mixture into beef. Add salt and pepper. Shape beef mixture into 4 large patties, thinner at centre and thicker at edges for even cooking.
  • 5
    In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook 8 minutes for medium-rare, 10 minutes for medium, 12 minutes for medium-well, turning once. After turning, add reserved 1/2 cup beer to burgers, then top burgers with cheese. Cover skillet to melt cheese.
  • 6
    Place burgers on bun bottoms; top with lettuce leaves, tomato slices, and remaining caramelized onions. Cut remaining 4 slices bacon in half; crisscross 2 pieces on top of onions on each burger, and cover with tops of buns.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Tip: Make the onions up to a week ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and heat just before serving.

Nutrition Information

620 Calories, 35g Total Fat, 46g Protein, 30g Total Carbs, 5g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4 Burgers
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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