Juicy burgers smothered in beer cheese sauce and topped with caramelized beer onions and jalapeños all on soft pretzel buns!
Do you love beer, burgers, and soft pretzels with cheese? Yeah, me too, that’s why I’ve created a burger that combines all three!
Although these burgers look fancy, they are easy to make and so freakin’ delicious! The beer cheese sauce combines cream cheese, cheddar cheese and you guessed it, lots of beer.
But that’s not the only thing made with beer in this recipe, the onions and jalapeños are caramelized in beer to give them extra flavor and cook out some of the heat that jalapenos pack, especially in the summertime.
Who ever came up with idea of combining soft pretzels with beer cheese, thank you from all of us. Now throw a burger in the mix, and you’ll be in heaven! And if you want your dinner to be all things beer cheese, I highly recommend you bake up some crispy fries and drench those in beer cheese as well.
You’ll need 16 ounces of beer to make these burgers, but you’re going to want more than that so you can have a couple while cooking 😉 Especially if you live in Wisconsin and are making your burgers with Spotted Cow! Mmm thank you, New Glarus Brewing!
And just as a friendly warning, these burgers are messy, but some of the best foods are the messiest! So, my friends, go light up your grill or heat up that cast iron skillet and make yourself (and like 5 friends) these bomb ass burgers!
Beer Cheese Burgers on Pretzel Buns
Juicy burgers smothered in beer cheese sauce and topped with caramelized beer onions and jalapeños all on soft pretzel buns! You're new favorite burger.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- Aruguala (or your preferred lettuce)
- Pretzel buns
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 8 ounces beer (I used an ale)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Caramelized beer onions and Jalapeños:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large yellow onion, thinly slices
- 1-2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
- 1 cup beer
- Place ground beef in a large bowl and add salt, pepper and Worcestershire; use your hands to combine.
- Form into 6 patties, 1/3 pound each. *Place burger patties on a sheet pan and place in the refrigerator while you make your beer cheese.
Make beer cheese:
- In a large saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Sprinkle flour over melted butter and use a whisk to fully combine. Continue whisking butter and flour mixture until it reaches a brown color to remove flour flavor, about 5 minutes.
- Pour in beer and whisk to combine. Continue whisking while mixture thickens to a slightly soupy consistency, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add in cream cheese and stir until melted in. Then add shredded cheddar cheese and stir until melted in. Remove from heat, and cover to keep warm.
Caramelize onions and jalapeños:
- Melt butter in a large frying pan on medium heat; add onion and jalapeno. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and jalapenos are soft and slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.
- Add cup of beer and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium until beer is completely cooked down, about 10 minutes.
- While onions and jalapenos are caramelizing, you can cook the burgers. Add a little olive oil to a cast iron skillet or a large frying pan over medium heat, and fry burgers until desired doneness.
- Spread butter on inside of pretzel buns, and place buns in frying pan with butter side down. Toast on medium-high heat until a bun reaches a golden brown color inside, about 3 minutes.
Place arugula on toasted bottom bun, then top with burger. Drizzle a generous portion of warm beer cheese over the burger. Top with caramelized beer onions and jalapenos. Top with toasted top bun and prepare to get messy!
Suggested side: Crispy fries smothered in extra beer cheese!
My technique for equally portioning burger into patties: Flatten burger in a bowl using a spatula, then in the meat, cut a line down the center with a knife or spatula. From there, cut additional lines on each half side as if your cutting the meat into pizza triangles, forming 6 or 8 equal portions.
*Placing burger patties in the refrigerator keeps the meat and fat cool so they hold together better when cooking.