Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger

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This grilled onion cheddar burger is everything we've ever loved about burgers. A perfectly cooked patty topped with white cheddar and soft, sweet onions is served up on a soft hamburger bun.

Closeup shot of grilled onion cheddar burger on plate

I love a good burger, and this one perfectly encapsulates everything that a good burger should be. A juicy burger, cheese, and onions on a soft bun? What could be better? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a handful of classic burger ingredients.
  • It's easy to make and perfect for lunches, dinners, or parties.
  • Everyone loves a good burger with cheese and onions!

Top Tip

Be sure to stir the onions often so they don't burn.

Closeup shot of half a grilled onion cheddar burger on plate


You'll only need a few ingredients to make these burgers, and you'll find them all easily at your local grocery store. The main ingredients are listed here, but you'll find the complete list along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Ground beef
  • Butter
  • Yellow onions
  • Sugar
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Hamburger buns
Overhead shot of individual grilled onion cheddar burger ingredients on plate


This is a simple, straightforward burger recipe, so it's easy to make and ready in no time. The overview is listed here. Be sure to check out the recipe card for the full instructions.

1: Add onions, butter, salt, pepper, and sugar to a medium skillet, cover, and cook until soft and tender.

Closeup shot of onions and butter in skillet
Overhead shot of cooked onions in skillet.

2: Mix ground beef, salt, and pepper and form into four patties.

Closeup shot of hand holding a hamburger patty

3: Cook in a greased skillet until cooked through. Add a slice of white cheddar and let it melt.

Overhead shot of hamburgers topped with white cheddar in skillet

4: Add a burger and carmelized onions to a bun and enjoy!

Closeup shot of grilled onion cheddar burger on bun with no top

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use ground turkey in place of beef.
  • Use your favorite cheese.
  • If you have one, use a grill pan for the burgers.
  • Continue cooking and stirring the onions after they've softened until caramelized.
  • Top your burger with your favorite toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, bacon, or even a fried egg.
Closeup shot of grilled onion cheddar burger on plate


  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula


Refrigerator: Store the onions and burgers in separate air-tight containers for up to 3 days.

Freezer: Store the onions and burgers in separate air-tight, freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months.

Reheat: To reheat, place the burgers and onions in a baking dish with a little water. Then, cover and bake at 350 until heated through.

Make Ahead: Like all burgers, these are their absolute best when served fresh. I don't recommend making them ahead of time.

Closeup shot of hand holding half a grilled onion cheddar burger.

What to Serve with Hamburgers

Hamburgers are the ultimate hand-held lunch or dinner, and we all have certain sides that we love to have with them. Some favorites include:


  • Stir your onions frequently to prevent burning.
  • Don't press down on your burgers when cooking them. Keep the juices inside!
  • Add the cheese slices when the burgers have a minute or 2 left of cooking so they melt at the same time the burgers are finished.
Closeup shot of grilled onion cheddar burger.


How do you know when your burger is done?

The best way to know is to use a meat thermometer. At 160 degrees, the burger is done.

Can a hamburger be pink inside?

Yes. So long as the internal temperature is 160 degrees, it's safe. In fact, it tastes best like that!

Why can't burgers be rare like steaks?

The problem with burgers is that the grinding process mixes the surface of the meat with the interior, dispersing bacteria throughout the meat. Steaks can be rare because the only bacteria they have is on the surface, which you cook.

Closeup shot of grilled onion cheddar burger on plate with another burger and lettuce and tomato on plates in background

Other Main Courses

Yield: 4 burgers

Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger

Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger

This grilled onion cheddar burger takes a perfectly cooked pattie and tops it with white cheddar and soft, sweet onions. The perfect burger!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 ½ tsp salt, divided
  • ¾ tsp pepper, divided
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 slices of white cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Place sliced onions, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, butter, and sugar in a medium skillet over medium heat and cover.
  2. Allow onions to cook slowly, stirring often.
  3. As they cook, the moisture will reduce and the onions will become tender.  It is important to stir often to be sure the onions do not burn. When onions are tender, remove them from heat.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, mix ground beef, 1 tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper together.  Split into four equal parts and form four thin patties.
  5. Place patties in a greased skillet and cook 3-4 minutes over medium heat on each side or until cooked through.  Internal temperature should reach 160ºF.  
  6. Add a slice of cheese to each hot burger and allow them to melt.
  7. Place patties on paper towel so grease drains off.
  8. Place one cheddar burger patty on each bun, covering each with ¼ of the caramelized onions.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 941Total Fat 64gSaturated Fat 31gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 240mgSodium 1624mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 58g

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