Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

Serve corn on the cob as a quick and easy side dish and low-fat strawberry ice cream for dessert.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, sugar, salt, and pepper to pan. Cook 6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar to the pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Step 2

Combine cheese and next 5 ingredients (through beef) in a medium bowl; shape meat mixture into 4 (3-inch) patties. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 1/4 cup onion mixture and top half of each bun.

Ratings & Reviews

Nothing fancy but very tasty

January 13, 2016
We grill these on our Traeger pellet grill.  Delish.  Quick and easy for a weeknight meal that the family loves.  These are on our regular rotation.

RLoushin's Review

September 17, 2012
Great flavor from the tomato paste and Parmesan cheese! Cooked on the George Foreman, so not greasy at all. Toasted the buns.

KrisAllenFn's Review

August 29, 2012

crysmys's Review

May 21, 2011
Added a little beef broth to meat mixture, otherwise followed recipe exactly. Onions were delicious - will definitely make again.

KaitlynC2136's Review

January 04, 2011
This recipe has become a favorite! It's great for an easy, week night burger that is filling and very good! We used angus beef (lean) and it was great!! A little extra tomato paste helps to keep it from being dry. I served it with baked butternut squash fries (a family favorite)

pamvera's Review

September 03, 2010
My Husband and I LOVED the burgers, they really don't need anything else! I just added baby spinach on my bun and a little greek yogurt and it was delicious!

JessicaLuu's Review

June 06, 2010
I seriously make these about once a week for my family. The onions are so delicious you could almost just put them on a bun. The tomato paste keeps the burgers nice and juicy and omits the need to add ketchup on top.

Margorita's Review

October 17, 2009
YUM! I cooked them in a regular frypan (don't have a grill) and they were delicious. I topped them with Provolone and skipped the bun. Very flavorful. No other condiments necessary. The only issue I had was that they seemed to be very greasy. Unusually so for ground chuck and I think that it might have been from the tomato paste. I had to drain a lot of fat from the pan while cooking and squished the finished burgers with paper towels. They were still very, very good and juicy, and I will definitely make again only with ground sirloin which is lower in fat. I accidentally put basil in the onions and they turned out just fine. Really wish I could try them grilled. Make these, they are quick, easy, and really really good.

carolfitz's Review

December 19, 2008
Great onions. Used sun-dried tomato paste for a bit more "oomph." Easy and fast.