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We have found the answer you have been looking for when it comes to summer grilling. The secret sauce is actually more of a liquid. You’re about to read about the original power couple. Where quality meats quality. (That was not a typo). When aged to perfection, meets grilled to perfection. Two things that are made the right way. Have you figured it out? We are talking about Bud and Burgers.

This combination may not be revolutionary, but it makes all the sense in the world! Award winning chef, David Chang, has said, “I love that there is nothing pretentious about the combination – it just works. A full-flavored lager brings out the taste of a savory burger.”

In 2016, country music star, Thomas Rhett, let us in on how he makes the road feel like home: A Bud & a burger. “Any kind of piece of home I can bring out here is a plus,” the singer explains. “Any way that we can remain normal…in such a hectic place like the road is a win win for everyone. Budweiser makes us feel more normal than anything.” He compares cooking a burger to writing songs: there a million different directions you can go. You can watch the full video here.

Whichever direction you decide to go, with grilling or in life, make sure you have something that is tried and true: a Budweiser.

Go ahead, try out this combination for yourself with Pub Burgers with Caramelized Onion Jam. For additional Bud & Burger recipes, click here.

Pub Burger with Caramelized Onion Jam

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4


For Burgers:

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose barbeque seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup American lager-style beer
  • 4 brioche burger buns
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • Caramelized Onion Jam (recipe below)
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Thick slices of tomato

For Onion Jam

  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds red onions
  • 2 tablespoon canola or other neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup American lager-style beer
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar


Make Onion Jam First

Step 1: Cut onions in half and then slice very thinly.

Step 2: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.

Step 3: Add the onions, thyme, and a few grinds of black pepper. Sauté for about 10 to 15 minutes until the onions begin to color.

Step 4: Stir in the brown sugar, beer, and vinegar then simmer until liquid has reduced by half.

Step 5: Reduce to low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

For Burgers

Step 1: Crumble ground beef into a large bowl and add the barbeque seasoning, thyme, and beer. Toss mixture until combined.

Step 2: Shape into four patties slightly larger than the buns. Refrigerate if not cooking immediately.

Step 3: Grill burgers over high heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium. Remove from grill and let rest while you toast and prepare your buns.

Step 4: While the burgers are cooking, brush the inside of each bun lightly with butter and place cut side down on the grill. Remove buns when toasted; about 2 to 3 minutes. Keep warm.

Step 5: Serve burgers on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato and a huge dollop of Caramelized Onion Jam.