Caramelized Onion and Swiss Burgers

Skip the restaurant burgers, and make your own fancy ones, right at home.

June 7, 2016
caramelized onion and swiss burger
Con Poulos

Who needs to pay for a pricey night out for fancy burgers when you can make your own so easily? This recipe is sure to make your weekly request list.

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Step up your burger game with just a few ingredients and tons of flavor. 

Caramelized Onion and Swiss Burgers
(Makes 4 servings)


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup black olive tapenade
  • 4 slices slices (3/4 ounce each) reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 4 multigrain English muffins, toasted
  • 1/2 tomato, cut into 4 slices

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.

2. Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 9 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the heat and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.

3. Meanwhile, gently combine the beef, 2 tablespoons of the tapenade, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Form the mixture into 4 patties 1/2" thick. Set on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill for 5 minutes without turning. Turn and grill for 4 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted sideways registers 160°F. Transfer the burgers to a plate. Top each burger with 1 slice of cheese and let rest 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese.

4. Spread the bottom half of each English muffin with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the remaining tapenade. Top each with 1 tomato slice, one-fourth of the onions, and a burger. Top each burger with 1 of the the remaining English muffin halves.


Adapted from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook