Onion Burgers

Prep 15 min


Cook 8 min


Ready in 23 min

Why settle for onions just on top of your burger, when you can infuse the entire burger (including sauce) with flavor?


  • 1 cup (250 mL) mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Three Onion Rub
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
  • 1   garlic clove, pressed
  • 1¼ lbs. (575 g) 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) cold water
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Three Onion Rub
  • 4   burger buns, toasted
  •  Optional: ¼" (6-mm) thick tomato slices, lettuce, pickle slices


  1. Combine the aioli ingredients in a bowl; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Combine the ground beef, water, and Three Onion Rub with a fork. Shape the mixture into four patties that are about " (8.5-mm) thick. Preheat a lightly greased grill pan over medium-high heat for 3–4 minutes. Cook the burgers until they reach 155°F (68°C) for medium-well, about 4 minutes per side.

  3. Spread 1 tsp (5 mL) of aioli on the bottom of each bun. Add the burgers, top with 2 tsp (10 mL) of aioli, optional toppings, and bun top; serve.


  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. nutrients per serving: Calories 520, Total Fat 33 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 100 mg, Sodium 670 mg, Carbohydrate 22 g, Fiber 0 g, Sugars 3 g (includes 0 g added sugar), Protein 31 g

Cook's Tips:

Why cold water? For a juicy burger, adding a few tablespoons of cold water adds extra moisture and helps thoroughly incorporate the seasoning for the best flavor.

Aioli on everything! Make a double batch. It’s delicious as a sandwich spread, a dip for veggies, or brushed on grilled or fried fish. Stays fresh for 1 week, refrigerated.

Easy Change-Ups

  • Skip the bun: For a simple twist, try pita bread or sandwich thins. Or, use Bibb lettuce leaves for a low-carb and gluten-free alternative.
  • Even more flavor: Add ¼ cup (60 mL) crumbled feta cheese to the aioli for a tasty Mediterranean spin.
  • Less fat, less sodium: Instead of mayonnaise in the aioli, use Greek yogurt.
  • Where’s the beef?: Replace the ground beef with ground turkey or ground chicken and cook to 165°F (74°C).

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