Filed Under: Beef | Burger | Main Dish | Sandwich | Summer

French Onion Burgers

Recipe By Tessa Arias
January 16th, 2013

Ultra scrumptious French Onion Burgers are loaded with sweet caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese for the best combination of two favorite recipes.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: There is really nothing better than caramelized onions except when they’re piled onto a savory burger and accompanied by melting cheese!
Texture: Our burgers ended up being thicker than the recipe directed (oops) so each bite was quite a mouthful, but a juicy, tender, and meltingly wonderful mouthful.
Ease: Super easy. You can caramelize the onions ahead of time to make this a super fast meal. You could even double up on all the caramelized onion ingredients to have on hand for the rest of the week!
Appearance: For something composed of hideous ground meat I think this burger looks scrumptious.
Pros: This recipe is a quick and easy way to spice up your burgers.
Cons: None! I’m sure this recipe would work with ground turkey.
Would I make this again? Yes

Ultra scrumptious French Onion Burgers are loaded with sweet caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese for the best combination of two favorite recipes.
French Onion Burgers

There’s nothing quite like a cheeseburger. I happen to love a good juicy burger full of flavor and cooked to perfection. However, there’s nothing worse than a mediocre burger because you just feel like you wasted the indulgence on something that wasn’t really worth it. These burgers are anything but mediocre. Just look at how much cheese is involved! AND caramelized onions, one of my favorite foods of all time. Plus I paired mine with those scrumptious pretzel buns I just posted to really take my burgers to the next level.

French Onion Burgers

A side note: I have a question I’d like to ask you guys. I was wondering if you would be interested in seeing video content from me? Food and much more is what I had in mind. I’ve been watching so many videos on YouTube lately and I am such a visual person so seeing something really helps me learn a technique or connect with the person in front of the camera. What do you guys think? Any specific requests? THANKS!

Scrumptious French Onion Burger Recipe - loaded with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese!

How to make
French Onion Burgers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Ultra scrumptious French Onion Burgers are loaded with sweet caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese for the best combination of two favorite recipes.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 hamburger buns (I used pretzel buns)
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Dijon mustard, lettuce, sweet potato fries, for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it starts to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt, reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, 10 to 15 more minutes. Add the chicken broth and 1 teaspoon of the Worcestershire sauce and simmer until the onion is tender and the liquid is almost evaporated, about 8 minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler. Gently mix the beef, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste, and the remaining Worcestershire sauce in a bowl with your hands. Form into four 3/4-inch-thick patties and place on a broiler pan. Make an indentation in the center of each with your thumb. Broil, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Place the buns cut-side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with both cheeses and broil until melted, about 1 minute. Spread mustard on the buns and top with with lettuce, the burgers and caramelized onion. Serve with sweet potato fries.

Recipe Notes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tracey — January 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Caramelized onions and melty cheese on a big burger? You are SO speaking my language with this one!

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    Stacey — January 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    It looks like a scrumptious burger! I’d love to see the particulars of how you use your no-knead bread dough to make a really great pizza.

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      Tessa — January 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Stacey! I love that idea!! 🙂

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    Brianna K. — January 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I would love to see videos from you! I like getting to know the faces and voices behind my favorite bloggers. 🙂

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      Tessa — January 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thank you! I really like getting to know the faces and voices too which is why I thought it might be fun.

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — January 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Caramelized onions are up with chocolate, bacon, and browned butter in my world’s best foods list…and on a burger, nothing is better. This looks so good! And soo cheesy. My kind of burger for sure.

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      Tessa — January 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

      We pretty much love exactly the same foods!

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    Denise — January 21, 2013 at 1:55 am

    yes to the videos!!! not only would we get to see you, we’d get to see how you do the recipes you post. it would also be a great to watch you do some techniques on how to make cooking easier, just like what they do on cooking shows! 🙂

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    Jessica — January 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

    This sounds SO good!! Please mail me the leftovers! 😉

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    nat@thesweetslife — January 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    kind of obsessed with french onion everything. i need these!

  8. #
    Claus — January 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This looks delicious. I’ll start with the Cheesy Garlic Beer Breadsticks and finish with this…. I may even invite others to enjoy it with me 🙂

    Yes please on the video content.

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