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Zesty Barbecue Cheeseburgers


  • 1 pound ground beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce, divided
  • 4 slices white cheddar, pepper jack, smoked gouda or provolone cheese
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns or pretzel rolls, split, toasted
  • Lettuce leaves, tomato slices and red onion slices (optional)


  1. Combine ground beef, chopped onion and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.
  2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. About 1 minute before burgers are done, brush with remaining 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce and top with cheese.
    • Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable
      indicator of ground beef doneness.
  3. Line bottom half of each bun with lettuce, sliced red onion and tomato, as desired; top with burger. Close sandwiches.

Fun Facts:

  • Indiana exported $63 million of beef in 2022.
  • Ground beef is the most popular cut of beef in the United States.
  • Beef is an excellent source of Protein, Vitamin B12 and Zinc.

Recipe Courtesy of Indiana Beef Council

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