Close-up shot of a Garden Onion Burger on a cutting board

Two Garden Onion Burgers on a wooden cutting board

Recipe At-A-Glance

These Garden Onion Burgers are no ordinary plain patties– they have the flavor of onion dip and the juiciness of a good burger.

Ready in 25 minutes

It is really hard to mess up a burger. I mean, seriously, when is the last time you had a bad burger? Sure, there are plain burgers or dry burgers or fatty burgers, but really does that ever stop you from eating and enjoying it?

It doesn’t me.

A few years back, I was visiting my Canadian in-laws (and spending hours counting how many times “eh” was said in a single conversation) and dinner time came. We had drank our fair share of Moosehead and were all starving for something good to soak up the alcohol. So my mother-in-law went to the kitchen and whipped up some burgers for my brother-in-law to grill.

The burgers looked unassuming. Honestly, I thought it was going to be one of the “normal” burgers I listed above. Not that it mattered– I was drunk and hungry! And like I said, no such thing as a bad burger.

Overhead shot of ingredients for Garden Onion Burgers - beef, spices, egg, green onion, and breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs, spices, green onion, ground beef, and egg in a mixing bowl to make Garden Onion Burger patties

And then I took a bite, and it was life-changing. Juicy, flavorful, beefy, and with a tinge of onion flavor. It was awesome. It tasted like my mother-in-law had spent hours coming up with a flavorful spice mixture and picking out the perfect cut of beef. But like all good food, the ingredients were actually deceptively simple: beef, breadcrumbs, egg, and onion soup mix.

Yup, that was it. I was floored! I headed home the next week and immediately hit up the kitchen to craft a Wholefully-style version of Garden Onion Burgers (sans the packet of processed onion soup mix). It turned out to be pretty easy to recreate the flavor using what I had in my spice rack.

Close-up shot of a Garden Onion Burger on a cutting board

You’ll want to make these onion burgers! They take a regular beef burger and elevate it to an awesome dining experience. Enjoy!

Close-up shot of a Garden Onion Burger on a cutting board

Garden Onion Burgers

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Garden Onion Burgers are no ordinary plain patties– they have the flavor of onion dip and the juiciness of a good burger.


For the burgers:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For serving:

  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 burger buns
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced avocado


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand until just combined. Divide the
    mixture into four patties. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each patty—this helps the burgers stay flatter and cook more evenly.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium high. Add the burgers and cook for about five minutes, then flip and top with cheese, if using. Cook for 2-5 minutes on the second side, or until the cheese is melted and the burgers are cooked to your desired doneness.
  3. Put a piece of lettuce on the bottom half of each bun. Top with a cheeseburger and then add sliced onion, tomato, and avocado. Serve hot.


  • Instead of grilling, you can also cook the burgers in a grill pan or cast iron skillet. Cooking time and temperature will be similar.
  • If you’d like to simplify the recipe and have a packet of onion dip or soup mix on hand, you can use that instead of the seasonings. Simply add one packet to the beef, egg, and breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 burgers Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 686Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 1096mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 45g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. Just read the ‘about’ portion of your blog – my in-laws live about an hour north of you. and altho I went to Purdue I will absolutely concede that Bloomington is a great town!

  2. That’s so cool that you got drunk with the in-laws! Canadians must be awesome. I am gonna try this recipe as soon as it stops raining. Minus the in-laws. Mine are of the ‘drinking is evil’ variety

  3. That’s how my mom makes burgers too.Only I think my mom puts in a little Worcestershire sauce…Now I’m going to have to ask her.It’s funny because I remember years ago when I was still living at home I had a couple of friends over and my mom made up some and both of my friends were like “these are the best burgers!” Your reaction to your mother in law’s burgers reminded me of that. :)Also, Moosehead is by far one of my favorite beers here in Alberta,CA.When we visit my family in Oregon we bring back a case for my brother, and we might have one or two ourselves.:)