Caramelized Beer-Onion and Bacon Burgers

Enjoy this beer-onion burger featured with bacon, ground beef and lettuce – a cheesy dinner!

  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

8
slices bacon, crisply cooked, drippings reserved
2
large sweet onions, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 lb)
1
bottle (12 oz) pilsner style beer
1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
slices (about 3/4 oz each) 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 center 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

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

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Burger
Calories
620
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
35g
35%
(Saturated Fat
14g,
14%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
145mg
145%;
Sodium
1090mg
1090%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
46g
46%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.