Father’s Day is the one day out of the entire year that is 100% focused on dad.  Whereas Mother’s Day starts with a brunch, why not end Father’s Day with a delicious dinner? Because the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, each year I try to prepare the best meal I know my husband will never forget!  I may have come across a home run with my idea for this year: Berghoff Beer Burger.  It combines dad’s favorite dish and drink into one unique twist on the All-American classic.

If grilling is typically dad’s responsibility, why not give him the night off and take over the duty?  Serving this delicious burger with Berghoff Beer-Braised Onions makes it even more memorable.  And for the final touch: serve this delicious dish with a hamburger bar, full of dads favorite fixings as the perfect addition to an amazing Father’s Day dinner. Happy Father’s Day to all the special Dads in my life!

Carlyn Berghoff and family


Berghoff Beer Burger with Braised Onions

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Berghoff Beer Burger with Braised Onions

This Berghoff Beer Burger not only combines dad’s favorite dish and drink into one, but is also a delicious and unique twist on the All-American classic. Serve this delicious dish with a hamburger bar full of dad’s favorite fixin’s and you have the perfect addition to this great Father’s Day entrée.


    Berghoff Beer Burger
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Berghoff Beer (Lager or Amber)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Tabasco Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ½ ounce slices brick cheese
  • 4 burger buns
  • Berghoff Beer-Braised Onions
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup Berghoff Beer (Lager or Amber)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Berghoff Beer Burger

In a 5-quart mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, Berghoff Beer, Tabasco Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to season. Gently but thoroughly mix together.

Form the seasoned beef into four 6-ounce burgers, about 1-inch thick. Cover the burgers with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

Grill the burger over medium heat. Cook to the desired doneness (3-4 minutes each side for rare, 5-6 minutes each side for medium, 8-9 minutes each side for well done).

Berghoff Beer-Braised Onions

Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté, stirring frequently, until onions are tender (5-6 minutes). Add ¾ cup Berghoff Beer, sugar, and salt. Cook until all the beer has been absorbed and the onions have begun to brown lightly (15-20 minutes). Add the remaining ¼ cups of beer and bring to a simmer.

Dressing the Burger

Top each burger with Beer-Braised Onions and a slice of brick cheese. Close the lid of the grill for a few moments, allowing the cheese to melt.

Toast the buns, cut side down on the grill or in a non-stick sauté pan until golden brown, about 1 minute. Serve the burgers on the toasted buns.


Substitute your favorite sharply flavored cheese for the brick cheese. If you do not own a grill, burgers can also be cooked on a flat griddle or large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook for the same amount of time as listed for grilling. The Berghoff Beer-Braised Onions can also be cooled and refrigerated until needed. Heat the cooled onions to a simmer before using. Once onions are hot, perk up their flavor with a splash or two of beer.