Beer Cheese Burgers on Pretzel Buns

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!

Beer Cheese Burger on Pretzel Bun

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!

Beer Cheese Burger on Pretzel Bun

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.

Beer Cheese Burger on Pretzel Bun

Whoever came up with the idea of combining soft pretzels with beer cheese, thank you!! Now throw a burger in the mix, and you’ll be in heaven!

If you want your dinner to be all things beer cheese, I highly recommend you bake up some crispy fries and drench them 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 beer cheese with Spotted Cow! Mmm thank you, New Glarus!

Beer Cheese Burger on Pretzel Bun

And just as a friendly warning, these burgers are messy, but some of the best foods are the messy! Right?!

So, go light up your grill or heat up that cast iron skillet and make yourself (and like 5 friends) these bomb burgers!

Beer Cheese Burger on Pretzel Bun

Beer Cheese Burger on Pretzel Bun

Beer Cheese Burgers on Pretzel Buns

Rachel Riesgraf
Juicy burgers smothered in beer cheese sauce and topped with caramelized beer onions and jalapeños all on soft pretzel buns! Your new favorite burger!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 6 burgers


Caramelized beer onions and jalapeños:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup beer

Beer cheese:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup beer (I used an ale)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire

For serving:

  • 6-8 pretzel buns
  • Butter
  • Arugula or your preferred lettuce


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 the beer and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium until the beer is completely cooked down, about 10 minutes. Once done, cover to keep warm. Make the beer cheese while you wait.

Beer cheese:

  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and use a whisk to fully combine. Cook for about 1 minute. 
  • Gradually pour in the beer and milk, whisking to combine. Continue whisking while mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in cream cheese and whisk until melted in.
  • Remove from heat and add the cheddar cheese; whisk until melted in. Cover to keep warm.

Prepare and cook the burgers on your stovetop or grill:

  • Place ground beef in a large bowl and add salt, pepper, and Worcestershire, and use your hands to combine. Form into 6-8 burger patties.
  • Stovetop: 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.
    Grill: 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 the top and bottom of the pretzel buns, and place the buns butter side down in a frying pan or the grill. Toast on medium-high heat until the buns reach a golden brown color inside, about 1-3 minutes.
  • Assemble a burger with a toasted bun, arugula, burger patty, caramelized onions and jalapenos, and drizzle with beer cheese. Enjoy 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. 
My technique for equally portioning burger into patties: Flatten burger in your bowl, then cut a line down the center of the meat using 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.
Did you make this recipe?I'd love to hear from you! Rate the recipe and leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and tag @ModernFarmhouseEats

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2 years ago

Hey there! Is there a substitute I could use in place of the beer?

2 years ago

5 stars
This looks amazing!
Can you make the cheese sauce a few hours a head of time and just heat it back up when your read to serve the burgers?

1 year ago

Made just the cheese sauce and it was fantastic! I used chive & onion cream cheese and it was a really good choice.