Recipe: Cheeseburgers with Grilled Onions

Published April 28, 2017
 Prep Time: 0:12 Cook Time: 0:09 Serves: 4

Here’s a lightened up classic. Make this recipe a staple for all your summer gatherings.


  • 1 pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 clove(s), medium sized garlic clove(s), minced
  • 1⁄4 tsp table salt
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp black pepper
  • 1⁄2 small uncooked red onion(s), cut into 4 thin slices
  • 1⁄2 tsp olive oil
  • 1⁄8 tsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1⁄4 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp-variety
  • 4 item(s) reduced calorie hamburger roll(s)
  • 1 small fresh tomato(es), cut into 8 thin slices


  1. Preheat grill to medium-hot heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently combine beef, garlic, salt and pepper; form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Place on grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes on one side; flip and continue cooking until desired degree of doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Sprinkle each burger with 1 tablespoon of cheese; cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  3. Meanwhile, brush both sides of onion with oil. Grill until bottom is lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip onion and sprinkle with oregano; grill for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Lightly toast open-faced buns on grill. Place burgers on buns and top each with onion and tomato slices. Yields 1 cheeseburger per serving.

*Can also be done in a stovetop grill pan. Cooking time may vary. The secret to a juicy, lean burger is to avoid pressing down on the patty while it's cooking so it retains its juices.