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Best Cheese Burger in America with Pickled Jalapenos and Fried Onion Rings

There’s something amazing about the summer and a nice juicy cheeseburger. This one is so juicy with amazing toppings. I dare to call it the best burger in America! Tips for success: You can grill the burger or cook it in the skillet if you don’t feel comfortable using the broiler. You can use food processor to chop the onions, celery, bell pepper and carrots. I recommend making the pickled jalapenos and aioli a day in advance. You can serve it with a pickle, lettuce or tomatoes. Dress it up however you love your burgers. Burger works well as turkey burger.
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, cheeseburger
Servings: 4 persons


Fried Onion Rings:

  • 1 large red onion. sliced
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-4 cups unbleached flour
  • oil for frying


  • 1 onion chopped small
  • 2 stalks celery chopped small
  • 1 bell pepper chopped small
  • 2 carrots peeled chopped small
  • 2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 burger buns toasted
  • 4 kosher pickle spears

Pickled Jalapenos:

  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil


To make the fried onion rings:

  • Slice the onions about ¼- ½ inch thick, break the onions into individual slices in a bowl mix buttermilk, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Let the onions soak for 30 minutes. In another bowl mix remaining salt, black pepper and garlic powder and flour together. Dredge the onions in batches in flour and fry in 350-degree oil for 2-3 minutes.

To make the burger:

  • In a food processor add onion, celery, bell pepper and carrot, pulse 6-7 times. In a bowl add ground beef, onion mixture, egg, pepper, salt, garlic powder, worcestershire, liquid smoke and mix well. Form hamburger to desired size. Place on foiled lined baking sheet and pop under broiler for 3-4 minutes depending on thickness of burger. Flip and cook for 3 minutes; remove from broiler and evenly sprinkle cheese over burgers and place under broiler until cheese is melted.

To make the pickled jalapenos:

  • In a small pot add jalapenos, onion, vinegar and salt, bring to a boil, cut off heat and let them cool in the pot. Serve on burger.

To make the aioli:

  • In a food processor add all ingredients except the olive oil. Turn on blender and slowly add oil until thick about 30-45 seconds.
  • Assemble the burger by spreading the aioli on the top and bottom of the buns, then place the pickled jalapenos on the bottom, cheeseburger, onion rings then bun.


Preheat oven to Broiler