Go Back

The Blue Cheese, Pear and Dark Ale Caramelized Onion Burger

Course: camping, dinner, lunch, Main


  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 pear sliced thin and rough chopped
  • 1 onion sliced into thin rings
  • 1 tsp spice blend your favourite, we used za'atar
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup dark beer
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 3/4 cup chipotle mayo


  • Melt butter and olive oil in pan over medium high heat. Add in your onions, turn the heat down and let your onions cook slowly. After about 10 minutes pour in your dark ale. Cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the onions are soft and lightly browned. The liquid will evaporate. Set aside to cool.
  • Combine burger, cheese, pear, 1/4 cup of the caramelized onions, spice blend, salt, pepper and shape into patties.
  • Grill over medium heat until completely cooked through. Toast your buns, cut side down, until lightly browned.
  • While still on the grill top your burger with some blue cheese and then the leftover caramelized onions. Leave on grill until cheese starts to ooze a little into the onions.
  • Once off the grill spread some chipotle mayo on your bun and top with fresh spinach.
  • This makes 5 good sized burgers or 8 medium sized burgers.


To make chipotle mayo combine 3/4 cup mayo with 1-2 tbsp chipotles in adobe sauce. For a finer consistency puree.