Juicy burgers smothered in beer cheese sauce and topped with caramelized beer onions and jalapeños all on soft pretzel buns! Your new favorite burger!
2 lbs ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
Aruguala (or your preferred lettuce)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces beer (I used an ale)
1/4 cup milk
4 ounces cream cheese
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated (see notes)
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 the caramelized onions and jalapenos and beer cheese.
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 (make beer cheese while you wait).
Make beer cheese:
In a large saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Sprinkle flour over melted butter and use a whisk to fully combine. Cook for about 1 minute.
Pour in beer and milk; whisk to combine. Continue whisking while mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
Add in cream cheese and whisk until melted in.
Remove from heat, and add cheddar cheese and whisk until melted in. Cover to keep warm.
Add a little olive oil to a cast iron skillet or a large frying pan over medium-high heat, and fry burgers until desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes on each side. Keep warm while you toast the buns.
Heat grill to high and cook burgers 3-4 minutes until golden and slightly charred, then flip and cook another 5 minutes on the second side until slightly charred and cooked to your liking.
Spread butter on the inside of top and bottom of pretzel buns, and place buns in frying pan (or on grill) with the butter side down. Toast on medium-high heat until buns reach a golden brown color inside, about 1-3 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. Cover with toasted top bun and prepare to get messy!
Suggested side: Crispy fries smothered in extra beer cheese!
I recommend you buy a block of sharp cheddar and grate it yourself. The flavor is better and it melts easier than pre-shredded cheese.
*Placing burger patties in the refrigerator keeps the meat and fat cool so they hold together better when cooking.
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.
Recipe by Modern Farmhouse Eats at http://www.modernfarmhouseeats.com/beer-cheese-burgers-pretzel-bun/