Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
13 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

Caramelized onions that have simmered in hoppy Sam Adams beer top our New England Turkey Burger while shaved Vermont Cheddar adds tang and richness to the meat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl. Add onion; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add beer; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes or until onion is golden and liquid almost evaporates; stir occasionally. Cool.

Step 2

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 3

Remove 1/4 cup onion mixture from pan; finely chop. Combine chopped onion mixture and turkey. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions; gently shape each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in center of each patty. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes. Turn patties; grill 3 minutes. Top with cheese; grill 1 minute or until cheese melts and turkey is done.

Step 4

Combine mayonnaise and mustard. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and 1 patty. Divide onion mixture evenly among servings; top with top halves of buns.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Lauren's Review

August 25, 2015
I'm having mixed feelings about this burger recipe.  Something has to be really good for me to repeat it and I didn't think this was really good, but we certainly enjoyed it!  Picked up a local American Pale Ale and though I liked the beer on its own, I thought it made the onions way too bitter.  Luckily, the burger, cheese and mayo/mustard mixture really tamed the onion flavor.  Overall, a very easy recipe.

ktleyed's Review

August 04, 2014
Not bad, not great, thought they sounded interesting, but don't think I'll make again.

daneanp's Review

November 03, 2013
Yum! After reading the previous reviews, I added onion powder, garlic salt, and cracked black pepper to the turkey before forming the patties. I also seasoned the onions with salt and pepper. We used Dubliner cheddar. Everyone loved it.

eppercival's Review

July 21, 2013
Good burger, but could use more cheese and onion flavor as other users have noted.

lisac20's Review

July 20, 2013
Pretty good overall. I also added more cheese, but otherwise I made it as described. The burgers themselves were pretty bland, but assembled, the whole thing was good. I'd make it again.

sukeedog's Review

July 05, 2013
A basic, solid burger recipe. The beer-caramelized onions are delicious, and the Vermont white cheddar pairs well. I do think the amount of cheese and mayo/mustard called for in the recipe is ridiculously stingy - less than 1/2 oz reduced fat cheese per burger? That's not even enough to taste. So I upped the cheese and sauce and left out the olive oil when cooking the onions to make up for it. If I make these again, I think I'll incorporate more of the onion mixture into the actual burger patties.