Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger

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This Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger is loaded with flavor from the spices used. You can make a really tasty burger at home on the stovetop or on the grill!

A grilled onion cheddar burger on a plate.

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make flavorful, satisfying food without spending hours cooking! These burgers are the perfect solution. This recipe allows you to quickly prepare a delicious lunch or dinner in just 20 minutes.

The best part is that you can cook these juicy burgers either on an outdoor grill or on a grill pan on the stovetop. So, even if you don’t have outdoor equipment or the weather isn’t suitable, you can still make this recipe and enjoy a tasty meal.

These succulent burgers feature savory grilled onions and creamy white cheddar cheese on a perfectly seasoned patty and fluffy bun. To make it a complete meal, try serving it with sides such as Frozen Fries In Air Fryer, Plantain Fries, Red Cabbage Slaw, or Chicken Macaroni Salad.

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Why You’ll Love This Burger Recipe

  • It’s Quick. This recipe is a breeze to make. Why purchase fast food burgers when you can create delicious homemade ones in the same amount of time it takes to go out and get takeout food?
  • It’s Family-Friendly. When you make this, everyone in your family will clear their plates! If your little ones don’t like onions, you can simply omit them from their burgers. They’ll love the simplified version of the cheddar burger.
  • It’s Timeless. This delicious burger recipe is perfect for any time of year! Whether you’re looking for comfort food during the colder months or a satiating recipe to grill at the beach, this burger is the way to go.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for grilled onion cheddar burger with labels on them.
  • Burger Patties: You will either need to purchase pre-shaped unseasoned burger patties or make your own using ground meat. Unseasoned is best since this recipe tells you how to season it!
  • White Onions: These types of onions have a sharp flavor that pairs well with silky cheddar, a juicy patty, and a soft burger bun. Their flavor improves when you cook them on the grill because it gives them a smoky flavor.
  • White Cheddar Cheese: White cheddar is an excellent melting cheese with a creamy mouthfeel and mild to bold flavor. It softens when you place it on a hot burger patty.
  • Burger Buns: You can use any type you wish! Classic burger buns, brioche buns, sesame buns, or even wheat buns are all fantastic options.

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How To Make Grilled Onion Cheddar Burgers

With just a few simple steps, you can craft the perfect burger. Here is how to do so:

  1. Season both sides of each patty with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. Grill the seasoned burger patties on medium heat, flipping halfway through cooking.
  3. Add the white cheddar cheese to each patty when they come off the grill.
  4. Grill onion slices for 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Build burgers with meat, cheese, and onion slices; serve immediately.
Seasoned burger patties on a plate.
Burgers with grill marks being grilled on the outside grill.
Round slices of onions on a grill.
4 burgers with grilled onions on a round platter.

Substitutions and Variations

Cooking is all about experimenting. Although this recipe is wonderful as it is, you can also change it up. Here are some ideas for you to try!

  • Onions: Instead of grilling the onions, you can try caramelized onions instead, which provide a natural caramelized sweetness that offsets the savory meat and seasonings. Another option is to use pickled onions if you prefer your burgers to have a tangy component!
  • Buns: If you wish, you can toast the buns. This way, when spreading mayo or other condiments on the bread, it doesn’t soften as quickly. Grilling them gives them a slightly crisp exterior and warms the inside of the bun while leaving gorgeous grill marks on them.
  • Additional Toppings: Feel free to add sliced avocado, fresh lettuce, grilled mushrooms, or any other toppings you enjoy. This recipe is a great foundation for building your own custom burger.
Hand holding a grilled burger.

Expert Tips For Grilled Burgers

  • Don’t overcook the patties! They cook rather quickly on the grill, so keep an eye on them and make sure to flip them halfway through. If you overcook them, they will be tough, and all the juices will escape.
  • Make sure to preheat the grill before adding the patties. If you don’t, the meat will take longer to cook and might stick to the grill. Once you place the patties on the grill, they should sizzle, giving them a nice sear and ensuring even cooking.
  • If you are shaping the burger patties at home, be careful not to overwork the meat because it tightens its proteins. As a result, the burgers might shrink too much or turn rubbery when you cook them.
  • No grill, no worries! Make these grilled onion cheddar burgers in a grill pan instead.
Seasoned burger patties in a square grill pan.
Grilled onions in a grill pan.

Recipe Frequently Asked Questions

What Onion Is Best For Grilled Hamburgers?

White onions have a nice balance of astringency and sweetness, making them a good choice for burgers. However, you can generally substitute different onion types in recipes without much issue.

Red and white onions are often enjoyed in salads, salsas, or sandwiches because of their flavor and texture. Yellow onions are considered more all-purpose, so you can’t go wrong either way.

Should I Put Grilled Or Raw Onions On My Burger?

Ultimately, you can put either raw or grilled onions on your burger. However, like in this recipe, grilled onions have a delicious charred taste; they’re slightly softer, and their flavor is less sharp. You can use raw onions if you want something more pungent and crisp.

What Type Of Cheddar Is Best For Burgers?

You can use extra-sharp cheddar for these burgers if you prefer your cheese not to soften as much. However, I recommend using a mild or sharp cheddar for this recipe.

Mild cheddar is aged for a few months and has a creamy texture, while sharp cheddar is aged longer and has a bolder flavor but still softens.

You can choose either yellow or white cheddar based on your preference for color. In case you don’t have slices, you can sprinkle shredded cheddar on your burger too!


Serve this Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger with the following sides:

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A grilled onion cheddar burger on a plate.

Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger

5 from 1 vote
This Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger is loaded with flavor from the spices used. You can make really tasty burger at home on the stovetop or on the grill!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 unseasoned burger patties 1 pound in total
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4-8 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium white onion cut into circles


  • 4 burger buns


  • Set grill to medium heat. Season both sides of the burger patties with the salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Place the burgers on the grill and cook on the first side for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook to the other side for 3 minutes or coon until the desired doneness. As soon as the patties come out of the grill, top each with a slice or 2 of white cheddar cheese.
  • Place onion slices on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Build the burgers with the meat, cheese, and onion slices. Enjoy!


  • Burger patties: Buy unseasoned burger patties or buy a pound of ground meat and form it into burger patties by hand. If you are shaping the meat by hand, don’t overwork it so it doesn’t get tough.
  • Don’t overcook the patties! They cook rather quickly on the grill, so keep an eye on them and make sure to flip them halfway through. If you overcook them, they will be tough, and all the juices will escape.
  • No grill, no worries! Make these grilled onion cheddar burgers in a grill pan instead.


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 770mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 4mg

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Calories: 467
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