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Barley Beef Burgers

Barley adds another dimension to an old-fashioned hamburger. My husband and I really enjoy these juicy patties with onion and barbecue sauce mixed right in. —Rosella Peters, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 small onion, halved
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: lettuce leaves, tomato slices and onion slices


  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 8-10 minutes or until barley is tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Place onion and barley in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Remove to a bowl; stir in barbecue sauce, flour, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into two 1/2-in. thick patties.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve on buns with toppings as desired.
Health Tip: Including barley adds 3 grams fiber and saves 5 grams fat compared to an all-beef burger the same size.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 395 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 2 fat.

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  • Michael
    Jan 6, 2021

    Completely disintegrated on the grill. Made exactly as the recipe called for, and the burgers completely disintegrated on the grill and fell through the grates. Totally ruined.They needed an egg to bind it all together, because the barley sure wasn't doing it.

  • Colly
    Jun 27, 2020

    We loved this. They were great.

  • jaimeolsz
    Aug 30, 2013

    No comment left

  • LegalSec
    Mar 27, 2012

    Very tasty and moist. The barley does add a different flavor. Next time I might only cook half of the barley.