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Beer Braised Burgers

Serves  4-8  Prep Time 10 minutes  | Cook Time 25 minutes


1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp Butter
1 Large sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp Dried thyme
1 lb Ground beef
1 Bottle of lager beer
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Sliced tomato
Cheese slices
Salt and pepper


  1. Place a heavy skillet on medium heat.
  2. Warm butter and olive oil in skillet.
  3. Add sliced onions, thyme and garlic. Stir occasionally until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place beef in a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Using your hands, knead meat and roll between hands to create fist sized balls and put them on a plate.
  6. In a large bowl, combine Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and the beer. Whisk with a fork.
  7. Take four balls of meat at a time and flatten into a patty and place them into the hot pan, moving onions to the side. Increase the heat to medium-hot and let the patties cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway.
  8. After the patties have cooked for 3-4 minutes each side, pour the beer mixture into the pan slowly and mix around with a spoon. The mixture will froth up and boil.
  9. Allow the burgers to cook in the liquid for 4 minutes or more depending on the thickness of the patty.
  10. Once done, remove the patties from the pan to cool. Allow the braising liquid to boil down for a bit of time. It is ready when it is glossy and gravy-like.
  11. Toast your buns and prepare your burger fixings.
  12. Make burgers to your liking and spoon the onions and braising liquid over top.

Suggested Pairings: You can’t go wrong with a serving of beef sliders and a thirst quenching style of beer like a Helles. Depending on what you put on your burger you can mix it up. Experiment!

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