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Pub Burgers

These incredibly juicy pub burgers are loaded on pretzel buns with melted sharp Cheddar cheese, caramelized beer onions, and a tangy mustard sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 916kcal


  • 1 cast iron skillet


Burger Patty

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Caramelized Beer Onions

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • ¼ cup beer *
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

Burger sauce

  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Burger Assembly

  • 2 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 pretzel buns toasted


Caramelized beer onions

  • Place butter in a large skillet set over medium heat and add sliced onions. Slowly cook the onions until caramelized, approximately 30 minutes. Stir as needed to prevent burning. The onions are done when they are dark brown and sticky.**
  • Add the beer and brown sugar to the skillet with onions and deglaze the burnt on fond by scraping the bottom of the pan as you stir the liquid into the onions. Continue to cook until the liquid evaporates out and the beer soaks into the onions, approximately 2-4 minutes.
  • Place caramelized onions into a small bowl and set aside.

Pub Burger

  • Divide the raw ground chuck into two half pound chunks and press flat to form a patty slightly wider than the width of your bun. Press a small indentation into the center of your patty to help it cook evenly and prevent puffing. Dust the patties with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Place the raw patties into a large skillet set over medium heat and cook for 2-4 minutes per side, or until the burger is done to your liking. Flip once after the bottom is nicely seared and do not press the patty as it cooks.
  • Top the patties with a slice of cheese after flipping and allow the cheese to melt and the burger patty finishes cooking.

Burger sauce

  • Mix together all of the ingredients for your special sauce in a small bowl and set aside.

Burger Assembly

  • Place the cooked burger patty on the bottom toasted bun and top with a generous amount of caramelized onions. Smear the burger sauce on the inside of the top bun and place it on top of the burger. Serve immediately.


*Amber ale is my favorite for use in this recipe, but an inexpensive lager works well too.
** You can't rush caramelizing onions or they won't be as sweet. The sugars in the onion will be slowly coaxed out as they cook, so take your time.
Optional: This burger would also taste great topped with crispy bacon.


Calories: 916kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 581mg | Potassium: 880mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 5mg