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Dinner,  Lunch

Caramelized Onion & Bleu Cheese Burger

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When it comes to Memorial Day, cookouts are probably king and burgers are probably the ultimate in cookout food. A juicy burger piled high with toppings is a great thing and my favorite is this bleu cheese and caramelized onion burger.

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Make sure to put an indent in your burger to prevent it from puffing up too much.

I did a whole post on how to make perfect soft and sweet caramelized onions a while ago. On a burger with something like a tangy bleu cheese, they are awesome. For the burgers themselves, I actually used home ground beef for this. It was a mix of brisket, sirloin, and chuck. To that I added, some salt, pepper, dijon, and Worcestershire sauce. The burgers are soft, juicy, and, of course, flavorful.

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Love the soft, browned onions, they have a great sweet flavor.

Now, living in an apartment building, grilling can be a bit tough. If its a nice day, the grills may all be claimed. So, I actually really like cooking them in a cast iron skillet or grill pan. You actually get a really great crust on the burger this way that doesn’t always happen on a grill. The grill can be prone to flare ups and charring which if done right can be great but can be off-putting.

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Add the cheese at the end to allow it to melt some from the residual pan heat.

The great thing with a burger like this is, you really don’t need many other toppings. There is so much flavor in the onions and cheese that is pretty much meets the need. The only things I would maybe add would be a hint of mayo just to give it a nice cool, refreshing aspect.

Caramelized Onion & Bleu Cheese Burger

A perfectly juicy burger on the stove top with bleu cheese and caramelized onion for a nice balance of tangy and sweet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bleu cheese, burger, caramelized, cheeseburger, cookout, grill, ground beef, hamburger, holiday, Onion
Servings: 4 1/2 Lb Burgers


  • 2 Lb 85% Ground Beef
  • 1.5 Tbs Dijon
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Bleu Cheese Crumbled
  • 1 Yellow Onion caramelized (see link in notes)
  • Arugula
  • 4 Brioche Burger Buns Toasted
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, mix the ground beef, dijon, worcestershire, and salt/pepper. Lightly fold it all together (do not be too rough).
  • Form into roughly 1/2 Lb patties about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Press a dimple into the center of the patty on one side to prevent it from bulging when it cooks.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F to toast the buns. Brush a little melted butter or olive oil on the buns. Toast in the oven inside up for about 5 minutes or desired brownness.
  • Over high heat, heat a little high smoke point oil (avocado or grapeseed are my go to) in a skillet, grill pan, or griddle.
  • Cook the burgers for about 5-7 minutes per side for a good medium.
  • Top with the cheese for the last minute and allow to melt slightly.

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