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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 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."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Wonderful. I used a sweeter BBQ sauce (Sonny's brand). Due to the sweetness of the onions, next time I'll go with a more tangy variety of barbecue sauce."

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"This is one burger my family asks for often. My husband says it the best TOH recipe I've ever made. The sauce is great for dipping french fries too."

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