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A beer burger on a bun with cheese, onions and jalapeno.

Beer Burgers

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 3 burgers 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Beer Burgers – a delicious summer burger idea! Served with beer braised onions and all the fixings! Serve on your favorite bun!



Beer Braised Onions:

  • 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup (or more) of the beer of your choice 
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Beer Burgers:

  • 1lb Country Natural Beef Butcher Blend Ground Beef
  • 3 tablespoons beer
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce 


  • bun of your choice (or lettuce bun)
  • sliced jalapeno 
  • sliced cheese (pepperjack or american is good)
  • ketchup + mustard
  • lettuce


Beer Braised Onions:

  1. Add onions, beer and salt/pepper into large cast iron pan (add as much beer as you need so the onions aren’t submerged, but in a healthy amount of beer). 
  2. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Let simmer until onions are soft. Taste and add any additional salt or pepper, as desired. 

Beer Burgers:

  1. Clean your Grill: Clean your grill grates and and wipe them down with oil.
  2. Preheat your Grill: Once your grill is clean and greased, preheat to High Heat (450-500 degrees F.).
  3. Mix Your Ground Beef: Place your ground beef in a bowl and add beer, salt, pepper and worcestershire. Mix to combine.
  4. Divide the Ground Beef: Take your ground beef and create 3 equal sized balls (you should end up with 3 patties that are approximately 5-6oz each and approximately 3/4 inches thick).
  5. Create Patties: Then use your hands to form patties (try not to overwork the meat). Try and make them a little bit bigger than your bun (if you are using one) as they will shrink a little as they cook.
  6. Create Indent with Thumb: Use your thumb to create an indent in the very center of your patty (this will help ensure the burgers cook evenly without expanding too much in the middle).
  7. Season Lightly: Sprinkle patties with a little more salt and pepper.
  8. Cook on Direct Heat 6-7 Minutes Total: Place patties on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-4 minutes. Flip and continue to cook on direct heat or until an internal meat thermometer reads between 135-145 degrees F (approx. another 3-4 mins). This will result in a medium-rare center.  For Medium: cook 3 minutes on the first side and 5 minutes on the second side. For Medium-Well cook 3 minutes on the first side and seven minutes on the second side. For Well-Done cook for 4 minutes soon the first side and six minutes on the second side.
  9. Don’t Press Down: Do not press down on the burgers with your spatula. This will release juices that we want to keep in the burger.
  10. If Making Cheeseburgers: If you are making cheeseburgers, move your burgers to indirect heat and place a slice of cheese on top. Close the grill and let the cheese melt for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Let Rest: Remove from grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. This will help ensure your burgers are nice and juicy!

Build your burger:

  • Place lettuce on the bottom bun followed by some ketchup and mustard. 
  • Place your burger on top followed by some of the beer-braised onions and jalapenos (if you want) – pickles would be good too or instead of the jalapenos. 


  • Type of Beer: I would recommend a stronger, more flavorful beer here so that those notes can shine through. 
  • Use of Beer: note that not all the alcohol may burn off so this may not be suitable for children or pregnant individuals. You can always use non-alcoholic beer if you want!