Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Randy Mon
Total Time
35 Mins
Serves 4

Time 35 minutes. You'll have plenty of the spicy, tangy sauce left over. Have it with grilled chicken or ribs.

How to Make It

Step 1

Make sauce: Purée all sauce ingredients in a food processor until very smooth.

Step 2

Make burgers: In a bowl, combine beef and 1 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper (if using preformed burgers, sprinkle with salt and pepper). Form into 4 patties about 3/4 in. thick, making a slight depression in each to help keep burgers flat as they cook. Put on a plate, cover, and chill until ready to grill.

Step 3

Preheat a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds).

Step 4

Sprinkle onions with remaining salt and pepper and 1 tsp. oil. Grill, covered, until softened, turning once, 8 minutes total.

Step 5

Meanwhile, rub burgers with 2 tsp. oil and grill, covered, turning once, about 6 minutes total for medium-rare. In the last few moments of cooking, lay a slice of cheese on each burger. Lay bun halves, cut side down, on grill to toast slightly.

Step 6

Transfer buns to a platter and fill with burgers and onions. Spoon about 1 1/2 tbsp. barbecue sauce on top and add a slice of tomato and a lettuce leaf.

Step 7

Make ahead: Sauce: 1 week chilled.

Step 8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per burger, with 1 1/2 tbsp. sauce and trimmings.

Ratings & Reviews

MeganTharp's Review

September 15, 2013

OrvaStoner's Review

July 02, 2011
Perfect little kick! Went well with the burgers! Everyone loved the BBQ sauce! The sauce ended up on every thing from burgers, chicken and fries. Will be using this a lot this summer!