Magic Burgers

We don’t eat a lot of meat in this house, but it’s been a while so why not, right?   Mike is a huge burger fan and often gets a stuffed burger of the day from a local restaurant.  Even though he loves to get those burgers out, he has been requesting I make Magic Burgers for some time now. I’m not sure where the term Magic Burgers came from…actually I remember years ago I made these and after one bite somebody said they’re like magic. 🙂  So anyway…

I like my burgers plain or with cheese,  maybe even potato chips.  But absolutely no ketchup, no bacon, no pickles, you get the idea.  Since I don’t like relying on toppings to flavor my burgers, I add flavor to the patties.

This is a basic recipe and very easy to put together.  I usually just eyeball the ingredients, but have listed below the approximate amounts for what I use.  Sometimes I sub green onions for the red onions, which is really good too.   Quick and easy to make, these burgers are a perfect last minute dinner just in time for the weekend.

Magic Burgers
Yields 4 burgers

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground pepper
Onion buns
Toppings (as desired) 

  1. In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper until blended (do not over mix).
  2. Divide mixture into 4 patties (a little larger than the size of your buns) and shape them thinner in the center so they don’t puff up.  
  3. Put patties onto grill heated to medium high heat.  Cook until juices appear on the top of the patties (approximately 4-5 minutes).  Flip and cook on other side until done (about 4-5 minutes). 
  4. Place on top of bun and serve with desired topping.


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  1. Burgers are so good cooked out on the grill. I love those big chunks of onions and cheese in there-yum!

  2. We are a burger house… At least once a week I am making burgers. I cant wait to try them like this.

  3. Paper Plates and China Recipe Blog says:

    These look great. Now I’m craving a cheeseburger!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. @Paper Plates & China: Thank you!

    @Tina: The big chunks of onion are so tasty. Thank you!

    @Dawnie: I hope you enjoy! Thank you!

  5. What a great burger, with an even better name!

  6. Yummy these look so delicious, love the flavors! 🙂

  7. These sound delicious! I bet the disappear like magic, too!

  8. @Kelly: Can’t beat onion, garlic and cheese, right? Thanks for visiting!

    @Ann: Good one! You’re right, they do 🙂 Thank you!

    @Christine: Thank you!

  9. Christine's Pantry says:

    Great burger. Thanks for sharing.