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Sweet Onion BBQ Burgers Recipe
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Sweet Onion BBQ Burgers Recipe

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Sometimes we don’t even bother with a bun for these moist, flavorful burgers. Smoked cheese, grilled onions and a special sauce make them out of the ordinary!—Christie Gardiner, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion salt
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/4 cups barbecue sauce
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices smoked cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split


  1. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, onion salt and brown sugar. Add egg. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties. Place in a shallow dish; pour barbecue sauce over patties. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients; cover and refrigerate until serving. For topping, melt butter in a small skillet. Stir in honey until blended. Add onions; saute for 15-20 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  3. Drain and discard barbecue sauce. Grill patties, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top each with a cheese slice; cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on buns with sauce and onion topping. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Onion BBQ Burgers in Taste of Home August/September 2005, p 37

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"These are a-mazing....."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"These were so good!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"Made these last night for National Burger Day and they were great. I broiled them in the oven because I was afraid I'd burn them with the bbq sauce on them. And I forgot to make the onion sauce, and the burgers were ready, so just used chopped red onion. Shredded smoked cheddar and leftover bacon from the weekend made these perfect. I will used the meat mixture recipe for burgers from now on. Will make sauce next time. =)"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! Sauce was awesome."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Best burger recipe I've ever tried but I made 7 burgers instead of 4 b.c. they would have been huge burgers!!! The burger also didn't want to stay together so I made them into sloppy joes. I'm thinking I used a little too much BBQ sauce and that's whey they weren't staying together but next time I'll be carefull and may use less."

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