Pub Burger Recipe is one of our favorite burgers to make. It has amazing flavors with the juicy burger and topped with pretzel bun.

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This pub style burger is one you will make over and over. The thick ground beef cooked to perfection on the grill. Then topped with cheese, grilled onions, sauce and a pretzel bun.

Make this grilled beef recipe for a twist on your classic burger recipe. We have even made Juicy Lucy Burger, Pretzel Bun Burger and Chili Cheese Burger for another delicious burger recipes.

What are Pub Burgers?

Pub Burgers are traditionally serve as a thick burger served on a pretzel bun. The burger is made with half pound burger patties and served with your favorite toppings.

We love pretzel buns, but you can use other types of hamburger buns.

Ingredients 

Ingredients needed - ground hamburger, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion, butter, beer, cheese, pretzel buns, butter, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Ground Beef – We used ground beef in this recipe but you can substitute with ground chuck.
  • Onions – Feel free to substitute the sliced onions to what you prefer. We have made it with white onion, red onion and yellow onion.
  • 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.
  • Additional Toppings – This burger is amazing topped cheddar and caramelized onions. But you can also add lettuce, tomato and more.
  • Stovetop – If you prefer you make these burgers indoors. We recommend making them in a cast iron skillet for the best results.

How to Make Pub Burgers

For the Onions: 

  • Step 1 – Melt Butter – Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  • Step 2 – Add Onions – Add the onions. 
Cooking slice onions in a skillet in oil with a bowl of ground beef and two pretzel buns
  • Step 3 – Cover and Cook – Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft.
  • Step 4 – Continue Cooking – Then uncover and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the excess liquid cooks off.  Deglaze the pan with the beer.  

For the Sauce: 

  • Step 5 – Combine Sauce Ingredients – Mix together the sauce ingredients in a large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Mixing sauce ingredients in a bowl with a bowl of ground beef and pretzel buns on the side

How to Make the Burgers 

  • Step 1 – Heat the Grill – Preheat a grill over medium heat (approximately 350-400 degrees F).
  • Step 2 – Form Patties – Form the beef into 4 beef patties that are approximately ½ pound each.
Ground beef patties stacked on a plate with a bowl of sauce and pretzel buns
  • Step 3 – Place patties on grill – Place on the grill over direct heat. Season the large patties with salt, black pepper and garlic powder. 
Cooking beef patties on the grill
  • Step 4 – Cook – Cook for 5-6 minutes per side until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Step 5 – Top with Cheese – Place a slice of cheddar cheese on the patties for the last minute of the cooking time. Cook to melt the American cheese.
Cooked beef patties on the grill topped with melted cheese
  • Step 6 – Butter Bread – Butter the pretzel buns and place them on the grill. Toast for approximately 1 minute to toast the buns.
Toasting pretzel buns on the grill
  • Step 7 – Top with Sauce – Remove the buns. Spread the burger sauce on the buns. 
  • Step 8 – Serve and Enjoy – Serve the patties on the buns topped with the caramelized onions and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Onions – We love to top our pub burger with caramelized onions. These onions are easy to make in a skillet to add flavor to the burgers.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
pub burger topped with carmelized onions

What to Serve with Pub Burgers?

Pub Burgers can be served by themselves or with one your favorite sides. Here are some of our favorites.

pub burger being held

How to Store Leftovers

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

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Pub Burger

5 from 3 votes
Pub Burger Recipe is one of our favorite burgers to make. It has amazing flavors with the juicy burger and topped with pretzel bun.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 867

Ingredients

For the Patties:

  • 2 pounds ground hamburger beef 85% lean
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • For the Caramelized Onions:
  • 1 White Onion sliced thinly
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Beer

For the Burgers:

  • 4 Slices Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Pretzel Buns
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

For the Burger Sauce:

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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 Sauce:

  • Mix together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Burgers:

  • 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 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 the burger sauce on the buns.
  • Serve the patties on the buns topped with the caramelized onions and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts

Calories 867kcal, Carbohydrates 24g, Protein 54g, Fat 60g, Saturated Fat 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat 15g, Monounsaturated Fat 19g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 199mg, Sodium 1422mg, Potassium 854mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 463IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 226mg, Iron 7mg

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