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Grilled Burger with Caramelized Onions and Cranberry Relish

5 from 2 votes


  • 3 Tbs Olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions (sliced)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp oregano (dried )
  • 1 tsp parsley (dried )
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 4 slices Havarti Cheese (or cheese of choice)
  • 1 Jar Harry & David® Country Cranberry Relish
  • 4 potato burger buns (or bun of choice, toasted)


  • Heat olive oil at medium-high in a large skillet and add the sliced onions. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and begin to brown on the sides, about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions become deep brown and are caramelized, about 40 minutes. Add sea salt to taste. Note: if onions begin to stick to the skillet at any point, add a few tablespoons of water to de-glaze the pan.
  • Add ground beef, oregano, parsley, paprika, and sea salt to a mixing bowl. Use your hands to mush everything together until ingredients are well-combined. Form three 1/3-pound patties, or four ¼-pound patties.
  • Preheat grill to high heat. Carefully place patties on grill and cover with the grill lid. Grill for 3 minutes until first side is golden-brown and slightly charred. Flip patties, cover, and cook 2 minutes.
  • Add the sliced cheese to the burgers and cover. Cook until cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Note: for well-done burgers, cook an additional 2 minutes. (Note: See instructions below for cooking burgers in a skillet).
  • Spread just 2 to 3 teaspoons of Harry & David Country Cranberry Relish on each slice of toasted burger bun. Top burgers with caramelized onions, and serve alongside your favorite side dishes.

Alternative Tip — How To Cook Burgers in a Skillet:

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium-high, and add enough cooking oil to generously coat the surface, about 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  • Carefully place the burger patties on hot skillet, giving them at least 1 inch of space between for even cooking. Note: To avoid fat and oil splatter, place a fine mesh splatter screen over the skillet.
  • Cook 3 minutes, or until first side is browned and crispy. Carefully flip and cook another 3 minutes. Continue cooking and flipping every one to two minutes, until burgers reach desired doneness.
  • For medium-rare burgers, cook burgers a total of 6 minutes. For medium, 7 to 8, and for well-done burgers, 9 to 10 minutes total.
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