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Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapeños

Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapeños are a flavor-blasted approach to your favorite grilled burger.

Plus, these easy burgers are the best use of herbs ever!

Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapenos |

It’s officially FOOTBALL season, people!

You know what that means! Grilled meats galore!

Specifically, grilled burgers, because: easy. Don’t panic, but I used bison meat. You can use beef, turkey, or elk.

Choose your delicious, delicious, protein.

Have I told you about caramelized onions?

They’re nature’s candy.

Better than caramel itself.

A real delight for the taste buds.

Freakishly good.

Let’s add jalapenos, shall we?


Adding  trifecta of basil, parsley and mint to the meat creates insanity in the membrane.

Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapenos |

Confession: I ate my burger bun-less, are you shocked?

Confession x2: I’ve been obsessively watching The League lately. Too good. So brazen. Wish I were on a fantasy football team.

Confession x3: Pepper jack cheese – let’s have words.

It’s basically the best cheese to put on a burger in my opinion. Other than havarti, gouda, blue, or the sharpest cheddar in the shed.

So basically, I’m ranking it 3rd on the Best Cheese to Put on a Burger Richter Scale.

You guys, let’s face it: Grilling does something wonky wonderful to animal fat, have you noticed?

It basically turns it into a melted stick of butter for your face. And then you add the 3rd Best Burger Cheese in the state of the union, plus the nature’s candy, and holy love joy, the magic of magics happens right there on your tongue organ.

Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapenos |

Do you see the cheese? The herbed meat? 

Don’t make me show you raw ground chuck. Because I will.

Not to sound threatening or anything, but caramelize the nearest onion, OR ELSE!

Make it for the football tailgates. Make it because grilling season won’t last forever and because you like things that taste like a stick of butter wrapped in herbed bliss.


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Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapeños

Herby Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Jalapeños is a filling, flavorful burger recipe!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Julia


Herbed Burgers:

  • 1 pound ground bison meat* see note
  • 1.5 cups chopped herbs I used 2/3 cup parsley, 1/3 cup mint 1/2 cup basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Caramelized Onions and Jalapenos:

  • 3 tablespoons to 4 olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions sliced
  • 3 jalapenos seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste

For Serving:

  • 4 Slices Pepperjack cheese
  • 4 burger buns of choice toasted


Prepare the caramelized onions and jalapenos:

  • Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil to a large non-stick skillet, along with the sliced onions. Heat over medium-high and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to sweat and begin turning translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and continue sauteeing, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the sliced jalapenos, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are deeply browned and caramelized, about 25 to 30 minutes. Note: If onions begin to stick to the pan at any point, you can de-glaze with a few tablespoons of water (or beer or wine).

Make the Burgers:

  • While the onions are caramelizing, add all of the ingredients for the burger meat to a mixing bowl and use your hands to mix everything well (this will take a couple minutes of meat kneading). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high and form 3 or 4 burger patties out of the meat.
  • Place patties on the hot grill and cover. Cook until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes. Flip burgers and cook to desired done-ness, about another 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat of the grill and add cheese slices to the burger patties. Cover the grill and let burgers sit until cheese has melted, about 1 minute.
  • Remove burgers from grill.
  • Toast burger buns, then form an excellent burger by topping a grilled burger patty with desired amount of caramelized onions and jalapenos.
  • Enjoy!


*You can also use ground beef or ground turkey. If using ground turkey, add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil to get the meat to bind together better.


Serving: 1Burger | Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 26g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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Sunday 13th of September 2015

Caramelized onions and pepper jack for the win!! Those are my spirit veggies and cheese. Respectively. this is the ultimate burger of all the burgers!!

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

Saturday 12th of September 2015

Herbed anything is so great- herbs add so much flavor to things! And I love the caramelized onions, too :) Awesome!

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

Friday 11th of September 2015

Ya, these flavors combinations are totally making me insane in the membrane. Like, insane in the brain! ;)

I'm contemplating trying them with beans in place of the bison, haha! Would that be a crime or what? :)


Friday 11th of September 2015

Nah, I saygo for it! I bet it'd be awesome as a portobello burger. Super legit. Must make. Now I want to make it vegetarian. Delish. :D xo

Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)

Friday 11th of September 2015

YUM! I never thought of stuffing a bunch of herbs into burgers but now it's all I can think about! I'm with you on the bunless burgers--all the good stuff is easier to taste without them :)

Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsco

Friday 11th of September 2015

What a glorious thing to a wake up to on Friday morning. Goodness, there's nothing in this work I love more than a juice burger, piled high with deliciousness....Want.

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