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Cheeseburgers with grilled onions

Total Time
25 min
15 min
10 min
The secret to a juicy, lean burger is to avoid pressing down on the patty while it's cooking so it retains its juices. Sweet, yet savory, grilled onions bump up the flavor and make these burgers taste deliciously gourmet. To avoid watering eyes when prepping the onions, peel and chill them before slicing into rings. And, they’ll stay intact while flipping them on the grill if you use a large pair tongs instead of a spatula. This recipe only calls for topping the burgers with tomatoes but a handful of arugula, spinach or other tender lettuce leaves would make a tasty addition too.


Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)


1 clove(s), minced

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper


Reduced fat cheddar cheese

½ cup(s), shredded, sharp variety

Red onion

½ small, cut into 4 thin slices

Olive oil

½ tsp

Dried oregano


Reduced calorie hamburger bun

4 item(s)


1 small, 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 4-5 minutes; flip and continue cooking until desired degree of doneness, 3-4 minutes more. Sprinkle each burger with 2 Tbsp cheese; cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  3. Meanwhile, brush both sides of onion with oil. Grill until bottom is lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Flip onion and sprinkle with oregano; grill 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Lightly toast open-faced buns on grill. Place burgers on buns and top each with 1 slice onion (separated into rings) and 2 tomato slices.
  5. Serving size: 1 burger


You can also make this recipe using a stovetop grill pan. Cooking time may vary.