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beer cheese burger on pretzel bun

Beer Cheese Burgers on Pretzel Buns with Caramelized Beer Onions and Jalapeños

Rachel Riesgraf
Juicy burgers smothered in the BEST beer cheese sauce and topped with caramelized beer onions and jalapeños all on soft pretzel buns! My absolute favorite burger!! Serve with onion rings or fries and dip them in the extra beer cheese sauce.
5 stars
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4 burgers


Caramelized beer onions and jalapeños:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup beer

Beer cheese:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¾ cup light beer
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Butter, softened
  • 4 pretzel buns

For serving:

  • dijon mustard
  • Arugula (or your preferred lettuce)


Caramelized onions and jalapeños:

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onions and jalapenos and cover with a lid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and jalapenos are soft and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the beer and 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 the onions and jalapenos finish cooking.

Beer cheese:

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and let cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the milk and beer while whisking to combine. Continue whisking while mixture thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in cream cheese, dijon mustard, salt and peper; whisk until the cream cheese is melted.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cheddar cheese until metled. Cover to keep warm.


  • Toast the buns: Spread butter on the cut side of each top and bottom bun. Place butter side down in a skillet over medium-high heat and toast until the surface is golden brown, about 1-3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Form the ground beef into 4 buger patties. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Stovetop: Melt ½ tablespoon of butter in skillet over medium-hight heat. Once the skillet is hot, add burgers (working in batches, if needed) and cook until desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes on each side.
    Grill: Heat grill to medium-high and lightly grease the grate. Cook the burgers 3-5 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness.


  • Spread the bottom toasted buns with dijon mustard then top with arugula. Add the burgers, beer cheese sauce and caramalized beer onions and jalapenos.


Suggested side: Crispy fries or onion rings smothered in beer cheese!
Tip: 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. 
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