Pretzel Bun Burger is a twist on a classic burger recipe. Change out regular hamburger bun and top your burger patty with a delicious pretzel bun.

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We love grilling out burgers on the weekends with our friends and family. But we have recently starting serving them with pretzel buns to add more flavor.

This is the best grilled beef burgers recipe. It is loaded with flavor and made with simple ingredients. Add your favorite burger toppings and serve with your favorite sides to make the ultimate Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger.

If you love delicious burgers like we do, then you need to make Crack Burgers, Blackstone Cheese Stuffed Burgers, and 44 Easy Grilled Burger Recipes.

What is a Pretzel Bun Burger Recipe?

A pretzel bun burger is traditional called a pub burger. A juicy burger is served in between to buns that have the flavor and texture of a pretzel.

Add grilled onions and your favorite toppings to create a delicious pub pretzel burger.

In this recipe we used store bought pretzel buns, but you can make pretzel buns from scratch. Pretzel bun recipe is made from a dough ball that is combed with active dry yeast and more.

You easily divide the dough on a bread flour work surface to create pretzel rolls.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed for pretzel bun burger, hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato, onions, butter, slice swiss cheese seasoning ground beef

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Pretzel Burger Buns Variation Ideas

  • Smash Burger – These burgers would be great served as smash burgers. You can easily make on the griddle and cook to perfection.
  • Cheese – Feel free to change the cheese to what you prefer. You can use muenster cheese, american cheese, or warm beer cheese sauce. It really elevated cheeseburger experience.
  • Add Bacon – Add strips of applewood bacon for the perfect flavor combination. Cook the bacon ahead of time to easily add to your burger.
  • Avocado – I love making avocado burgers and this pub burger is delicious with the slice avocados.
  • Change Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer.
  • Resting Burgers – While cooking the burgers, place them cooked burgers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. These are ready to serve to enjoy with your favorite toppings.

How to Make Pretzel Bun Burger

  • Step 1 – Met Butter – Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  • Step 2 – Add Onions – Add the onions. 
Cooking onions in a skillet with a plate of tomatoes, slice cheese, butter, oil, and peppers
  • Step 3 – Cook Onions – Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the onions are soft.
Cooked onions in a skillet
  • Step 4 – Deglaze with Beer – Then uncover and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the excess liquid cooks off.  Deglaze the pan with the beer.  
  • Step 5 – Heat Grill – Preheat a grill over medium heat (approximately 350-400 degrees F).
  • Step 6 – Combine Patty Ingredients – Mix together the ground beef patty ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl.
Ground beef in a bowl topped with seasoning with a plate of slice cheese tomatoes, butter and grilled onions on the side
  • Step 7 – Form beef into patties – Then form the beef into 4 patties that are approximately ½ pound each.
beef patties on a plate
  • Step 8 – Cook Patties – Place on the grill over direct heat and cook for 5-6 minutes per side. Cook until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Beef patties on the grill
  • Step 9 – Top with Cheese – Place a slice of cheese on the patties for the last minute of the cooking time. Cook to melt the cheese.
Cooked beef patties on the grilled topped with melty cheese
  • Step 10 – Toast Buns – Butter the pretzel buns and place them on the grill. Cook for approximately 1 minute to toast the buns.
Hamburger buns on the grill
  • Step 11 – Remove Buns – Remove the buns.  Spread with a condiment of your choice and top with the lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
  • Step 12 – Add onions – Top with beef patties and caramelized onions.
  • Step 13 – Serve and Enjoy – Place the top bun on top and then the burgers are ready to serve and enjoy. 

How Do You Know When Burger is Cooked

After preparing the burger patties place them on a heated grill. Make sure to oil the grates to prevent the patties from sticking.

Cooking time may vary, depending on how thick your hamburger is. Grill burgers for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

Make sure to use an internal meat thermometer to make sure your burger is cooked to your desired temperature.

Here are the internal temperatures needed based on how you like your juicy burgers prepared.  

  • Rare Burgers – 125 degrees F 
  • Medium-Rare Burgers – 135 degrees F 
  • Medium Burgers – 145 degrees F 
  • Well-Done Burgers – 160 degrees F
4 Pretzel burgers on a plate with a side of french fries and a bowl of ketchup

Recipe Tips

  • Caramelized Onions – We like to caramelize onions to cook on this pub burger. It adds so much flavor and cooks easily in the skillet. Add a can of beer to deglaze in the skillet.
  • Prepare the Grill – We recommend preheating the grill and oiling the grill grates. This helps to prevent the burger patties from sticking to the grill.
  • Mixing Ingredients – Be careful not to over-mix the beef or the burgers will be tough.  Just mix with your hands until just combined in a large bowl. 
  • Meat Thermometer – Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the beef is cooked. The burger needs to cook to a safe temperature before eating.  
  • Cooking the Patties – Cook the patties on the grill on medium high heat for the best results.
  • Prepare Vegetables – If we are adding slice tomatoes and onions, prepare them ahead of time by cutting with a sharp knife.

Burger Toppings

Here are some of our favorite toppings for our burgers. If I am trying to cut out carbs, I will eat the cheeseburger without the pretzel bun.

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Pickles
  • Slice of Cheese
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Steak Sauce
pretzel bun burger on a plate with french fries

What to Serve with Pretzel Bun Burgers?

There are many easy recipes that make for a great side dish for this Pretzel Bun Burgers. These are some of our favorites. We try to add sides that can be grilled for an easy side dish.

  • Grilled French Fries – No fancy tool is needed for these hand-cut French Fries. You simply cut them in ¼ inch strips and toss them in some seasoning and grill them in an iron skillet.
  • Grilled Vegetables – These grilled vegetables in foil make the perfect side for this avocado burger. It is delicious and easy to make.
  • Grilled Mushrooms – Make a side of grilled vegetables for an amazing side. You can top the burger with mushrooms or serve as a side.
  • Onion Rings – We love making onions rings for an easy side dish with this burger recipe. It is delicious and easy to make.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Burgers

Refrigerate the leftover patties and onions in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.  Store the patties after they have come to room temperature or have cool completely. I like to wrap in a plastic wrap and store in a zip lock bag or container. This super easy recipe is a family favorite. The best burger to make for all your family gatherings.

Can you Freeze Cooked Burgers?

Yes, you can freeze cooked burgers. We recommend wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and then with aluminum foil. Store in a freezer bag and they will last up to 4 months.

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Pretzel Bun Burger

5 from 2 votes
Pretzel Bun Burger is a twist on a classic burger recipe. Change out regular hamburger bun and top your burger patty with a delicious pretzel bun.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 683

Ingredients

For the Patties:

For the Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 White Onion sliced thinly
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Beer

For the Burgers:

  • 4 Slices Swiss Cheese
  • 4 Pretzel Buns
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 Tomato sliced
  • Condiment of your Choice
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Instructions

For the Onions:

  • Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions.
  • Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft.
  • Then uncover and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the excess liquid cooks off.  Deglaze the pan with the beer.

For the Burgers:

  • Preheat a grill over medium heat (approximately 350-400 degrees F).
  • Mix together the patty ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Then form the beef into 4 patties that are approximately ½ pound each.
  • Place on the grill over direct heat and cook for 5-6 minutes per side until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Place a slice of cheese on the patties for the last minute of the cooking time to melt the cheese.
  • Butter the pretzel buns and place them on the grill for approximately 1 minute to toast the buns.
  • Remove the buns.  Spread with a condiment of your choice and top with the lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
  • Top with beef patties and caramelized onions.
  • Place the top bun on top and then the burgers are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftover patties and onions in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 683kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 55g, Fat 38g, Saturated Fat 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 14g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 186mg, Sodium 1162mg, Potassium 996mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 2446IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 267mg, Iron 7mg

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