One thing that’s nice about the warmer months of summer is that it’s the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill and take your cooking outdoors. And for many people, the idea of grilling is synonymous with burgers. While making a standard burger is pretty straightforward and simple, there are many ways that you can step up your burger game and put a new twist on an old classic.
This hearty, yet soft and decadent, pretzel burger brings a whole host of flavors from a subtle sweetness to sharp and rich. The savory beef coupled with the tangy flavors of mustard and Worcestershire sauce topped with the buttery, caramelized onions guarantees a mouthwatering burger experience that’ll leave you wanting more.
Soft Pretzel Burger
1.5 pounds ground beef (85/15)
4 ounces sharp cheddar, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 teaspoons stone ground mustard
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup plain bread crumbs
Couple dashes of worcestershire
Sea salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Additional toppings as desired
1 white onion, sliced
1 tablespoon butter
12 ounces light beer, divided
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Sea salt, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, cheddar, egg yolk, ketchup, both mustards, bread crumbs, and worcestershire. Use your hands to mix the ingredients, taking care not to overwork the meat. Once combined, form into six patties. Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
On a high heat grill, grill the patties for about three to four minutes on each side until the patties are brown, slightly charred, and have reached a safe internal temperature.
While the burgers are grilling, add onion slices and butter to a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Allow onions to cook for 1-2 minutes before adding 6 ounces beer and the brown sugar. Continue to saute over medium heat until beer is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add remaining beer and a pinch of salt and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the onions from the pan with tongs to serve.
Top a pretzel bun with a burger patty, caramelized onions, and additional toppings as desired. Serve immediately.