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Beer Burgers with Beer Onion Jam

Take your burgers to the next level by adding a little beer and serving them with delicious, homemade beer onion jam and melted cheese. Perfect for summer barbecues.
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers


For the beer onion jam

  • 1 large onion - or 2 small onions, you can also use chopped frozen onion
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 240 ml Treason West Coast IPA - 1 cup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the burgers

  • 500 g beef mince - preferably 10%+fat
  • 60 ml Treason West Coast IPA
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt

To serve

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices of strong cheese - I used stilton but any other strong cheese should also work well


Make the beer onion jam

  • Roughly chop the onion.
  • Heat the olive oil (2 tsp) in a small saucepan and once hot add the onions. Cook the onions for 10 minutes on a low heat, stirring them regularly to ensure they don't burn.
  • Add the Treason (240ml), apple cider vinegar (1 tsp) and sugar (2 tbsp) and mix. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the beer has reduced to a jammy consistency.

While the jam is simmering make the burgers

  • I cooked my burgers in the oven but you can also cook them under the grill, in a frying pan or on a BBQ.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
  • Put the beef mince into a large bowl. Add the other burger ingredients (60ml Treason West Coast IPA, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt). Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 and shape into burgers using your hands (it's a good idea to push down the middle. Burgers tend to puff up a bit as they cook so this will ensure they look more even when they're ready).
  • Place on a wire rack over a baking tray and cook for 12-15 minutes until cooked through.
  • Serve the burgers in a bun topped with cheese and a spoonful of the beer onion jam.


If you want to melt cheese onto your burgers add it a couple of minutes before the end of the cooking time so it can melt as they finish cooking. I used stilton for mine but other strong cheeses work well.
The nutrition information provided is for one burger and beer onion jam. Separate nutritional information is provided below.
For the burger
Calories: 241 kcal (12%), Fat: 14.9g (21%), Saturated Fat: 6.5g (33%), Carbohydrates: 1.1g (0%), Sugar: 0.1g (0%), Fibre: 0.3g (1%), Protein: 24.7g (49%), Salt: 1.0g (17%) Sodium: 400mg (17%)
For the beer onion jam
Calories: 89 kcal (4%), Fat: 2.5g (4%), Saturated Fat: 0.4g (2%), Carbohydrates: 11.9g (5%), Sugar: 8.6g (10%), Fibre: 0.4g (2%), Protein: 0.6g (1%), Salt: 0.0g (0%) Sodium: 0mg (0%)


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25.3g | Fat: 17.4g | Saturated Fat: 6.9g | Sodium: 400mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 8.7g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: Family Friendly Dinner
Author: Charlotte Oates