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Brewpub Burgers with Caramelized Chipotle Onions Recipe

Staff Writer

Beer adds unmistakable flavor and moistness to burgers. Serve with red onions caramelized with brown sugar and chipotle for a smoky finish.

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons spice marinade, such as McCormick backyard brew marinade
  • 1/4 Teaspoon chipotle chile pepper
  • 1/3 Cup plus 2 tablespoons beer, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Pound ground beef
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 hamburger rolls
  • Lettuce, tomato, and condiments for topping


Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onions, 1 teaspoon of the marinade mix, and chipotle chile pepper; cook and stir 7 to 8 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Add 2 tablespoons of the beer and sugar; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until beer has evaporated. Set aside.

Mix remaining marinade mix, remaining 1/3 cup beer, and Worcestershire sauce in large bowl until well blended. Add ground beef; mix lightly. Shape into 6 patties.

Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through. Add cheese slices to burgers 1 minute before cooking is completed. Toast rolls on the grill, open side down, about 30 seconds or until golden. Serve burgers on toasted rolls with caramelized onions. Garnish with desired toppings and condiments.

Burger Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Burger Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.