Dinner Tonight: Cheddar Beer Burgers

Oh.my.heavens.  I was in beer burger heaven!
I’m not much of a beer drinker myself…but I do love how beer really brings a lot of flavor to a recipe, so I decided to make us some Cheddar Beer Burgers one night…and they were so flippin’ delicious!
I’m not exaggerating…I was in love with this meal.  It’s going to be really hard for me to have a cheeseburger from now on that doesn’t have a beer in it!  Love!  
I bought a Samuel Adams Boston Lager because it’s a darker beer (so a deeper flavor) and well…a Boston Lager…you know why I picked that ;).  I’m sure any beer you have in your fridge will work but if you’re going out to buy one specifically for this meal, buy a dark beer.
And yes, the alcohol will all cook out, so feel free to serve your minors too…they will love this meal!
And one last thing…you will only need about a cup of beer…what you do with the rest of the bottle is your business, not mine :).
This recipe makes 4 burger patties.
Shopping List
1 pound ground beef
1 bottle of beer
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Cheddar Cheese, I slice per burger
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper (S&P)
Burger Buns
Preheat your outdoor grill to medium-high or preheat your indoor grill pan.
Combine your ground beef, 1/3 cup of beer, and a liberal pinch of salt and pepper and mix together.  Separate meat mixture into four sections and shape each section into a burger patty.
Grill your burger patties about 6 minutes on each side or until done to your likeness.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute your chopped onion in a drizzle of EVOO.  Once the onions start to caramelize (about 5 minutes or so), stir in your Dijon mustard and a good splash of beer (like another 1/3 cup or so).  Reduce heat to low and let your onions saute until your burgers are done (just a few minutes).
Top each burger with a slice of cheese about a minute before you pull them off the grill.  Then after you place your burger patty on each bun, top with your yummy onions.
Who knew beer wasn’t just for drinking????
This is a weekend burger if I’ve ever seen one!
Fire up your grill!  It’s May…enjoy your burger!
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  • Paula May 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    On the list for sure!!!

  • Jaren May 3, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Well I must make this for my husband. I love putting beer in sauces, and I usually don't have a problem finding someone to finish it!

  • Tara G. May 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Now try boiling some brats in beer! šŸ™‚

  • E.C. Anderson May 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    We're huge fans of all sorts of beers at my house and, needless to say, we love a good burger as well. This looks mouth-watering! I'll be trying it out as soon as this Pittsburgh dreariness lets up!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

  • Stacey May 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Making this tonight!! šŸ™‚

  • Stacey May 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Made this and loved it. Big hit with my husband. šŸ™‚

  • Heather Donaldson Herwig May 8, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Have you tried this with ground turkey? I just did and the patties were so wet that they wouldn't bind together. Recipe looks great. Sad it didn't work with the ground turkey.

  • Mix and Match Mama May 9, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Ground turkey doesn't have hardly any fat in it, so it should actually hold up a lot better than beef (which has fat). The burgers were wet but not too wet. You can always drain some excess out of your mixing bowl as you make your patties if you want less moisture. However, moisture in a burger is what makes them spectacular!

  • Jared Queue June 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Is there a particular beer you use or reccomemd?

  • Mix and Match Mama June 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I used Samuel Adams beer. Enjoy!

  • Ali Phillips August 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Loved this recipe! Thank you for sharing this šŸ™‚ I posted a picture over at my blog today with a link back to ya. šŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  • Janet Bradley July 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Will any beer work.

    • Mix and Match Mama July 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Whatever beer you love to drink, use that :).