Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers for two. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy “special sauce” for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high (or see Stovetop Variation).

  • Combine onion, oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 5 to 8 minutes more. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool for a few minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup, mayonnaise, relish and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.

  • Add beef, Worcestershire (or steak sauce) and pepper to the onion and gently combine without overmixing. Form into 2 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  • Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the ketchup-mayonnaise sauce, tomato slices and lettuce.

  • Stovetop Variation: Coat a nonstick pan, preferably cast-iron (or a grill pan), with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add burgers, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155 degrees F (for pork and bison) or 165 degrees (for beef or chicken), 4 to 5 minutes per side.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare ketchup-mayonnaise sauce (Step 3) and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 31.7g 10% DV; dietary fiber 2.1g 9% DV; sugars 7.8g; fat 6.6g 10% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 4% DV; cholesterol 1.9mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 2013.9IU 40% DV; vitamin c 9.5mg 16% DV; folate 92.5mcg 23% DV; calcium 104mg 10% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 21.8mg 8% DV; potassium 295.9mg 8% DV; sodium 485.3mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 32% DV; added sugar 4g.

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Rating: 4 stars
These are great except whoever calculated the nutritional info I can't figure out how! 8 ounces of ground sirloin is 400 calories/200 per serving. So where're the calories for the bun? I calculated this on myfitnesspal and came up with 358 calories per serving - which is still fine for a treat. I still need to allow some for a side dish like a salad or a small serving of baked fries. So dinner may end up being 450-500 calories!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was very tasty and easy. It's so nice to be able to eat a yummy burger at home! I used the George Foreman grill and my toster. Read More