Classic California Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions

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1h 10min

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Nutritional Highlights (per serving)

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44 g
Total Fat
36 g
Total Carbs
26 g
115 mg

The classic cheeseburger is even more delicious with Fresh California Avocado slices and caramelized onions. This grilled avocado burger recipe calls for American or Cheddar cheese, and you can also change it up with Swiss, mozzarella or another favorite.


Serves: 4
  small white onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4  tsp.  seasoned salt
Tbsp.  butter, cut in small cubes
lb.  ground beef (80% lean)
1/2  tsp.  salt
1/8  tsp.  ground pepper
  (1-oz.) slices American or Cheddar cheese
  sesame seed-topped burger buns, or your favorite buns/bread
  medium iceberg or romaine lettuce leaves
1/4  cup  mayonnaise or mustard, optional
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Preheat grill to medium or oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut a rectangle of heavy-duty foil, or two layers of regular foil into about a 10-inch square. Places onion slices in the center of the foil square. Toss with seasoned salt and dot with the butter cubes. Bring the edges together and crimp into a package, leaving a small opening for steam to escape. Place on the grill or on a tray in the oven and cook for about 50 minutes, shaking the package occasionally to stir the onions. After removing the package from the heat, open carefully to allow the steam to escape. (May also caramelize the onions in a skillet on the stovetop.)
  3. Meanwhile, when about 10 minutes remain on the onions’ cook time, season the beef patties with salt and pepper and place on the grill grates. Cook about 3 to 5 minutes per side and top with cheese slices in the last couple of minutes, just until the cheese melts and the burgers reach 145 degrees F. Remove from grill and let rest.
  4. Lightly grill or toast buns if desired.
  5. Spread bottom buns with mayonnaise or mustard if using, add the burgers and melted cheese, then top with lettuce, caramelized onions, avocado slices and the top bun. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with grilled veggies and fresh fruit.

Beverage Pairing: Ice cold beer or water.

Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 660
Total Fat 44 g
Trans Fat 1.5 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Monounsaturated Fat 19 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Total Carbs 36 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugar 6 g
Protein 26 g
Cholesterol 115 mg
Sodium 1130 mg
Potassium 705 mg

Vitamin A 103 mcg; Vitamin C 7 mg; Calcium 308 mg; Iron 4 mg; Vitamin D 1 mcg; Folate 66 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.24 g


% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 10%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 25%; Iron 20 %; Vitamin D 6%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

California Avocado Commission

Created in 1978, the California Avocado Commission strives to enhance the premium positioning of California avocados through advertising, promotion and public relations, and engages in related industry activities. California avocados are commercially cultivated with uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness, by more than 3,000 growers in the Golden State. The California Avocado Commission serves as the official information source for California avocados and the California avocado industry.

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