Top your California Burger with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and avocados for a delicious burger. Easy to make burger with simple ingredients.

California Burger on a plate
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What is a California Burger made of?

Most of your diners and restaurants have a California burger on their menu. This delicious burger is always topped with fresh ingredients and a burger sauce.

The fresh ingredients include lettuce, tomato and avocado. All piled high on a hamburger patty to create a delicious burger. This is a delicious burger that originated from the west coast. Try one of our other delicious burger recipes.

California Burger

How do you Make California Burgers?

Prepare your ground beef with simple seasoning and form into hamburger patties. Place the burger patties on a grill or skillet and cook to perfection. Top the hamburger patty with Swiss cheese and allow it to melt.

After toasting the buns, place a hamburger patty on the bottom bun. Top with your favorite fresh ingredients which could include lettuce, tomato, avocado and onions.

Combine the sauce ingredients and top on your buns, then serve and enjoy.

Ingredients needed - ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, ketchup, swiss cheese, buns, lettuce, red onion, tomato, avocado, sprouts

Ingredients: 

The Patties: 

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef (80% lean ground beef)
  • Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Garlic Powder 

For the Burger Sauce: 

  • Mayonnaise 
  • Dijon Mustard  
  • Ketchup 

For the Burgers: 

  • Swiss cheese 
  • Hamburger Buns 
  • Green Leaf Lettuce Leaves 
  • Red Onion 
  • Tomato 
  • Ripe Avocado (sliced) 
  • Sprouts (such as broccoli alfalfa or radish)

How to Make a California Burger: 

  • Step 1 – Preheat a grill over medium heat (approximately 350-400 degrees F).
  • Step 2 – Form the beef into 4 patties that are approximately ½ pound each.
  • Step 3 – Place on the grill (or large skillet or grill pan) over direct heat.  Season the patties with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes per side over medium-high heat until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 
  • Place a slice of the Swiss cheese on the patties for the last minute of the cooking time to melt the cheese.
  • Step 4 – Place the hamburger buns on the grill for approximately 1 minute to toast the buns.
  • Step 5 – In a large bowl, stir together the burger sauce ingredients (mayo, mustard, and ketchup).  
  • Step 6 – Remove the buns.  Spread the burger sauce on the bottom buns and top with the lettuce, sliced onions and sliced tomatoes.  Top with beef patties. 
  • Step 7 – Then top the patties with the sliced avocado and sprouts.  Place the top bun on top and then the burgers are ready to serve and enjoy.
California Burger on a plate with a side of fries

How to know when Burger is done:

Cook the burgers about 5 minutes on each side until thoroughly cook. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the beef is cooked to a safe temperature before eating.  

Be careful not to over-mix the beef or the burgers will be tough.  Just mix with your hands until just combined. 

California Burger on a plate with a side of french fries

California Topping Ideas:

  • Fresh Lettuce
  • Fresh Tomato Slices
  • Sliced Avocado with lemon juice
  • Red Onions
  • Burger Sauce
  • Sprouts
  • Slice Cheese
  • Bacon

Variation Ideas:

  • Add Worcestershire sauce to the hamburger patties
  • Change the cheese – You can use cheddar cheese, provolone or any cheese you would like.
  • Change the meat – This would also be great using ground chicken.
California Burger on a plate

What to Serve with a Burger?

  • French Fries
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Sweet Potatoes Fries
  • Fried Potatoes
California Burger on a plate

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate leftover patties in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

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California Burger

5 from 3 votes
Top your California Burger with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and avocados for a delicious burger. Easy to make burger with simple ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 706

Ingredients

For the Patties:

For the Burger Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup

For the Burgers:

  • 4 Slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 4 Green Leaf Lettuce Leaves
  • 4 Slices Red Onion
  • 8 Slices Tomato
  • 1 Ripe Avocado sliced
  • Sprouts such as broccoli alfalfa or radish

Instructions

  • Preheat a grill over medium heat (approximately 350-400 degrees F).
  • Form the beef into 4 patties that are approximately ½ pound each.
  • Place on the grill over direct heat.  Season the patties with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.  Place a slice of the Swiss cheese on the patties for the last minute of the cooking time to melt the cheese.
  • Place the hamburger buns on the grill for approximately 1 minute to toast the buns.
  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together the burger sauce ingredients.
  • Remove the buns.  Spread the burger sauce on the bottom buns and top with the lettuce, sliced onions and sliced tomatoes.  Top with beef patties.  Then top the patties with the sliced avocado and sprouts.  Place the top bun on top and then the burgers are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Be careful not to over-mix the beef or the burgers will be tough.  Just mix with your hands until just combined. 
Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the beef is cooked to a safe temperature before eating.  
Refrigerate leftover patties in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 706kcal, Carbohydrates 21g, Protein 33g, Fat 54g, Saturated Fat 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat 10g, Monounsaturated Fat 21g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 126mg, Sodium 1990mg, Potassium 754mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 1188IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 189mg, Iron 4mg

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