Gouda Burgers with Grilled Onions and Pickled Peppers

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus overnight pickling for peppers


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 cup shredded lightly aged Gouda cheese plus 4 slices, cut 1/4 inch thick (7 ounces total)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut crosswise into four 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • Pickled Grilled Peppers

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the shredded Gouda. Form into 4 patties.

  2. Thread the onion slices onto double bamboo skewers. Alternatively, thread the slices onto pairs of metal skewers. Brush the onion slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the onion slices over a hot fire until nicely charred, about 3 minutes per side.

  3. Season the patties on both sides with salt and pepper and grill for 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Top the patties with the sliced cheese, cover and grill until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Butter the buns and grill cut sides down until toasted, about 10 seconds.

  4. Place a few lettuce leaves and 2 tomato slices each on half of the buns and set the cheeseburgers on top. Cover with the grilled onion slices and top with some of the Pickled Grilled Peppers. Close the burgers and serve right away, with the remaining pickled peppers on the side.

Make Ahead

The Gouda patties can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated overnight. Bring the patties to room temperature before grilling.

Suggested Pairing

These super-rich burgers deserve an equally super-rich red, such as a South Australian Shiraz.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published June 2006

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