Gold Nugget Burger

Gold Nugget Burger Recipe

If you like your burgers on the rare side, buy the ground beef from a high-quality source. You may also use ground beef with a higher fat content.


Makes 4 servings

Total time: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 589
Caloriesfromfat 41 %
Protein 47 g
Fat 27 g
Satfat 12 g
Carbohydrate 38 g
Fiber 2.9 g
Sodium 856 mg
Cholesterol 133 mg


1 1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin or chuck (10% fat; see notes)
About 1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 slices (2 in. by 1 in. and 1/4 in. thick) cheddar cheese
1 red onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 Kaiser, onion, or crusty round rolls (4 in. wide), split
1 1/2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (4 oz.)
1 firm-ripe tomato (about 8 oz.), cored and thinly sliced


1. In a bowl, gently mix ground beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

2. Divide meat mixture into eight equal portions and shape each into a 4-inch round. Top each of four rounds with 2 slices of cheese. Lay another patty on top of each and press edges together to seal.

3. Lay burgers and onion slices on an oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides and done to your liking (cut to test), about 7 minutes total for medium-rare. Cook onions, also turning once, until browned on both sides, 7 to 8 minutes total. Remove from grill.

4. Lay buns, cut side down, on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

5. Spread Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce on bun bottoms. Add lettuce, tomato, burger, onion, and Guacamole. Set bun tops in place. Serve with remaining Guacamole, sauce, and salt and pepper to add to taste.