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#CookClub recipe: Burgers with Beer Cheese and Pickled Onions

These traditional burgers get punched up with some savory beer cheese sauce and quick pickled onions that are simple to make.


Burgers with Beer Cheese and Pickled Onions

Burgers with Beer Cheese and Pickled Onions


  • For the quick pickled onions:
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • Salt
  • For the beer cheese sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • ½ cup dark beer
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • For the hamburgers:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 soft dinner rolls, split and toasted


  1. For the quick pickled onions: Make these before you make the rest of the meal. Place onion slices in a medium bowl. Pour vinegar and warm water over onion. Stir in sugar and season with salt. Let stand until slightly pickled; at least 30 minutes, while you prepare the rest of the food. Drain. You can make these up to 2 days ahead.
  2. For the beer cheese sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and beer, increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the mustard, Worcestershire and cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cheese in large handfuls, whisking until it has completely melted. Season with salt and pepper. Set the saucepan aside while you make the burgers.
  3. For the hamburgers: Form the beef into four round, equal patties. Press down with your thumb in the middle of the patty to make a slight indentation; this helps the burgers stay flat and not puff up during cooking.
  4. Heat a lightly oiled cast iron skillet (or nonstick skillet) over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes each side. Remove burgers from heat.
  5. Place cooked burgers on buns. Give the cheese sauce a good whisk, then spoon a couple spoonfuls atop each burger. Top with a couple onion slices. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
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