a grilled beef burger on a plate with a bun and vegetables

Mouthwatering Sweet Gherkin & Onion Burger

This is an “oh so simple” recipe that really steps up your summer burger grilling game. Give it a try- you most likely have every ingredient in your pantry or fridge. The sweet gherkin pickles and onions add so much flavor.

Grill up this succulent burger this weekend

Mouthwatering Sweet Gherkin & Onion Burger

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Recipe by Meggen Wilson Course: Main Course


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  • 1 lb lean ground beef OR ground turkey

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion

  • 3 TBSP finely chopped sweet gherkin pickles

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt

  • 2 TBSP dijon mustard

  • 2 TBSP BBQ sauce of choice


  • In a large bowl, combine beef, onion, pickles and all other ingredients
  • Shape the beef mixture into 4 large patties, but do not compact too much. Let beef mixture rest for 30 minutes, covered at room temperature. Press a small indentation in the center of the burger with your thumb.
  • Heat a grill to medium high heat.
  • Grill the burgers for 4-5 minutes on one side then flip, do not press the beef, and grill another 2-4 minutes depending on level of doneness you prefer. Do not flip the burgers more than once per side.
  • When the internal temperature of the burgers is 155, remove from the grill, cover with foil and let rest. The burgers will continue to cook and the internal temp will eventually reach 160.
  • Serve with buns, tomatoes, and whatever toppings you like.


  • Letting the beef rest at room temperature for 30 minutes keeps the beef from “seizing” on the grill and becoming tough.
  • Use 80/20 beef for the best fat ratio.
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