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Amazing Gourmet Burgers Recipe

My Loaded Burgers with bacon and caramelized onions will blow your mind! This easy bacon cheeseburger recipe is packed with so much flavor, it's a guaranteed hit on the grill or the stove. What's the secret? Parmesan in the patty!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger recipe, burger recipes, gourmet burger recipe, gourmet hamburger recipes
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 549kcal



Caramelized Onions

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion cut into thin slices
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey or vermouth, or whatever alcohol you have on hand. If you don't have alcohol, balsamic vinegar is fine.
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Loaded Burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef 80/20
  • 1 teaspoon burger seasoning
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 4 burger buns of choice


  • Avocado Crema to taste
  • Bacon to taste
  • Cheddar Cheese to taste
  • Lettuce of choice to taste
  • tomato optional

See our Beef Temperature Chart for helpful tips on cooking any cut of beef!


  • Add ground beef, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and grated Parmesan to a bowl.
    Parmesan, ground beef, and seasoning in a bowl
  • Mix until well-combined.
    Ground beef mixture for loaded burgers
  • Divide beef into 4 equally-sized balls and form into slightly flattened, round patties. Place on a plate and chill in the refrigerator.
    Four burger patties on a black plate
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Add bacon to a baking sheet lined with foil. If you have a baking sheet rack, use it to elevate the bacon.
    Raw bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy to your liking. Drain on paper towels.
    Crispy bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil
  • Prepare your caramelized onions.
    Caramelized onions ready in a pan
  • Preheat grill or grill pan to high. If using a grill pan, lightly grease with oil. Place burger patties on grill once hot.
    cooking four burger patties on a grill pan
  • Turn after the first side no longer sticks to the grill. Cook burger patties to preferred level of doneness, using a meat thermometer to check the temperature (USDA recommends 160°F).
    four burger patties on a grill pan after flipping
  • Top with avocado crema, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato as desired. Serve on buns of your choice or leave out the buns for a keto-friendly dish.
    Loaded burger on a sheet of parchment paper


  • Leave off the buns and serve over lettuce and tomato to make keto-friendly and gluten-free
  • Try my special burger sauce
  • Try other cheeses, like goat cheese!
  • Season with  burger seasoning!


Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 4mg