Meltingly sweet onions top these beef-and-bulgur patties.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1993


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine bulgur with 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add onions and sugar; saute until the onions are very tender and golden, about 15 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water and vinegar. Season with salt and keep warm.

  • Preheat grill or broiler.

  • Combine the plumped bulgur, beef, tomato paste, parsley, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix thoroughly but lightly. Shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Grill or broil on a lightly oiled rack until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Place the patties on buns, top with the caramelized onions and garnish with lettuce.


Note: Bulgur is made by parboiling, drying and coarsely grinding or cracking wheat berries. Don't confuse bulgur with cracked wheat, which is simply that--cracked wheat. Since the parboiling step is skipped, cracked wheat must be cooked for up to an hour whereas bulgur simply needs a quick soak in hot water for most uses. Look for it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets, near other grains, or online at,

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; protein 23.5g; carbohydrates 44.2g; dietary fiber 6.7g; sugars 11.1g; fat 13.2g; saturated fat 4.1g; cholesterol 55.3mg; vitamin a iu 331.8IU; vitamin c 13.1mg; folate 47.8mcg; calcium 92.5mg; iron 3.7mg; magnesium 86.3mg; potassium 635mg; sodium 580.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
My burger was moist and flavorful. I have never cooked with bulgur before but this was a nice addition. When carmelizing the onions I ended up turning up the heat. I sauteed the onions on low for 15 minutes as the directions stated but they were not turning golden brown so I turned the heat up to medium high then down to medium. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Pretty good I left out the tomatoe paste and parsley but it still came out pretty good. The caramelized onions made it good and the burger itself was moist. Different but good tasting...not excellent. Pros: moist Cons: burger is not very flavorful itself Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My whole family liked these and wanted to have them again. Consensus is rare. Jane Colorado Springs CO Read More