gourmet pub burgers

gourmet pub burgers

prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes
ready in: 1 hour

makes: 4 servings, 1 burger each


  • 2 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1½ Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 (1/4 lb. each) fresh burger patties (80% lean)
  • 4 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 4 burger buns (Kaiser Roll, Brioche Roll, or Pretzel Roll)
  • 2 cups baby arugula or spring lettuce mix
  • 4 slices tomato

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.


  1. Melt 1½ tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, 1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper, and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until they are deep golden brown and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add a little water if the onions start to brown too quickly. Remove from the pan, and let cool.
  2. While onions are cooking combine mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, stirring until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Cook patties on the preheated grill until burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 3-4 minutes per side for medium-well burgers to an internal temperature of 160°F.
  5. Place a slice of cheese on each burger, close grill lid and allow cheese to melt. Remove burgers.
  6. Melt remaining butter in microwave, slice the burger buns and brush inside with butter, and lightly grill until toasted.
  7. Spread garlic mayonnaise (aioli) onto each burger bun bottom and top with some greens. Place one grilled burger onto each bun, top with caramelized onions and a slice of tomato. Place top of bun on burgers.
  8. Serving Suggestion: baked sweet potato fries and a side salad

per serving: 770 calories, 53g fat, 17g saturated fat, 125mg cholesterol, 1090mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 34g protein