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Beef burgers with caramelised onions

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  • Sesame free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein

These homemade beef burgers feature a combo of juicy meat, crispy bacon, sweet onions and spicy mayo. Served on brioche buns, they make a cracking dinner.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time35 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes
Two beef burgers with caramelised onion and aoili


  • 2 red onions, thickly sliced
  • 2 tbs caster sugar
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 500g pkt Coles Beef Thyme & Parsley Burgers
  • 4 slices tasty cheddar
  • 4 bacon rashers, trimmed
  • 4 Coles Brioche Burger Buns, split, toasted
  • 4 oak lettuce leaves
  • 1 tomato, thickly sliced

Paprika mayo

  • 1/4 cup (75g) whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Nutritional information

Per Serve: Energy: 3453kJ/826 Cals (40%), Protein: 40g (80%), Fat: 54g (77%), Sat Fat: 21g (88%), Sodium: 1512mg (76%), Carb: 43g (14%), Sugar: 19g (21%), Dietary Fibre: 4g (13%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Heat a barbecue flat plate or large frying pan on medium-low. Cook the onion, turning occasionally, for 15 mins or until very tender. Sprinkle with sugar and vinegar. Cook, turning occasionally, for 5 mins or until the onion caramelises. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Step 2

    Heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium-high. Cook burgers for 4-5 mins each side or until cooked through. Top the burgers with cheddar slices and cook, without turning, for 1 min or until cheddar melts. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, cook the bacon on the grill for 1 min each side or until crisp.
  4. Step 4

    To make the paprika mayo, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and paprika in a small bowl. Season.
  5. Step 5

    Divide the bun bases among serving plates. Spread bases evenly with the mayonnaise mixture and top with the lettuce, burgers, tomato, bacon and caramelised onion. Top with bun tops and serve immediately.

Recipe tip

Clever storage:
Burger patties can be frozen. Place them in an airtight container, separating each patty with a square of baking paper. Freeze for up to 3 months and defrost in the fridge overnight before cooking.

The (better than) basic beef burger recipe

Is there anything more delicious than homemade beef burgers cooked on the barbie? Simple answer: No! They’re a timeless classic. A juicy beef burger patty, some sliced tomato and a few lettuce leaves on a soft bun is all you need for a basic beef burger. Here are some tips to make sure you cook your beef burgers right every time and some easy ways to level up your burger game.

How to cook burgers on the BBQ

There are a few choices when it comes to cooking burgers on the grill, some of which will come down to your equipment. You can cook your burger on a flame grill or a flat grill and over gas, flames or charcoal. The benefit of flame grilled burgers is you get those beautiful chargrill marks, while the flat grill gives you easier-to-control, even cooking.

How to BBQ beef burgers

There are a couple of things to do before you start cooking your flame-grilled burgers. One is to make sure the cooking surface is hot when the beef burger patties go on. This gives you a crust on the outside and keeps the meat juicy inside. The other thing is to make sure your cooking surface is clean – if there’s anything on the BBQ, the grilled burgers may stick to it, making them hard to turn. You can oil your cooking surface before you BBQ burgers on the grill if preferred, but with a clean grill you shouldn’t have to.

How to level up your BBQ burger flavour

We’ve used flavoured thyme and parsley burgers in our recipe but there are other ways to give your BBQ burgers more flavour. The simplest and easiest way is seasoning with salt and pepper, but you can also use meat rubs for a more smoky flavour. Our other favourite addition is caramelised onion. The secret here is cooking it low and slow – you want the onion soft and tender and beautifully caramelised.

The secret ingredients in a BBQ beef burger

How you prep the accompaniments will make or break your burger. For perfectly melted cheese, add it to the patty on the grill a minute or so before it’s ready. This gives better ‘meltiness’ than if you add it after you remove the patty from the BBQ. Make sure you toast your bun, too – put it cut-side down on the BBQ. Brioche buns burn quickly so keep a close eye on them – 30 seconds is plenty.

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