French Onion Burger



10 min


50 min



French Onion Burger

(Produced by: Stephanie Han Kim; Photography: Erik Putz; Food styling: Haley Polinsky; Prop styling: Madeleine Johari)

This decadent, incredibly juicy burger recipe can be easily whipped up on a weeknight, but is impressive enough for company.


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter , divided
  • 1 Spanish onion , sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 500 g lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices Gruyère cheese
  • 4 brioche burger buns , split
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chopped parlsey
  • 1 cup arugula , (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium. Reserve 1 tbsp in a small bowl. Add onion to pan and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 8 min. Pour in broth and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onion is very soft, about 15 min.
  2. Meanwhile, combine beef with thyme and Dijon in a large bowl. Divide into 4 portions, then form into four 4-in. patties. Sprinkle both sides with salt and ¼ tsp pepper.
  3. Preheat barbecue or grill pan on medium. Oil grill. Cook patties, lid closed, until cooked through, 5 to 6 min per side. Melt a slice of cheese on each patty, lid closed, 2 min.
  4. Brush reserved 1 tbsp butter on insides of brioche buns, then place on grill to toast, about 2 min.
  5. Meanwhile, stir mayo with parsley and remaining 3/4 tsp pepper in a small bowl.
  6. Spread bottom buns with pepper mayo. Layer with patties, sautéed onions and arugula. Sandwich with top bun.