2 lbs. Ground Beef
Freshly ground black pepper
2 large red onions, cut in ¾-inch slices
8 pretzel buns
8 lettuce leaves
8 slices of tomato, sliced ½-inch thick
½ cup pickled jalapeños, chopped
Texas Beer Cheese Sauce
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup light Texas beer
¾ cup half and half
3 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
3 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
Preheat gas or charcoal grill to 400°F. The fire should be quite hot; you should barely be able to hold your hand 3-4 inches over the grates. After the coals are gray, spray grates with cooking spray or brush with oil to help keep burgers from sticking. Shape into eight ¾-inch thick patties. Season each side with salt and pepper. Make a small indention in the center of the burger with your thumb.
Place burgers on oiled grates and grill for approximately 4 minutes per side for rare, and another minute per side for each increasing stage of doneness.
Drizzle each side of onion slices with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side or until onion is tender and has caramelized.
Place burgers in buns and add grilled onion slice, lettuce and tomato. Drizzle 2 Tbsp. Beer Cheese Sauce on each burger. Evenly top with pickled jalapeno peppers.
Texas Beer Cheese Sauce
Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring until the mixture begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the beer until smooth. Reduce the heat; cook until the foaming begins to subside and the mixture begins to reduce, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the half and half and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in cheeses stirring until completely melted. Keep warm until ready to use.
Based on 90% lean Ground Beef
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 480; Total fat 31g (Sat. fat 16g; Trans fat 0g); Cholest. 140mg; Sodium 830mg; Total Carb. 9g; Fiber 1g; Total Sugars 3g; Protein 35g; Vit D (2% DV); Calcium (30% DV); Iron (25% DV); Potas. (14%DV)
This recipe is an excellent source of protein, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and a good source iron, riboflavin, and phosphorus.
Beer Cheese Sauce
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 150; Total fat 11g (Sat. fat 7g; Trans fat 0g); Cholest. 40mg; Sodium 125mg; Total Carb. 4g; Fiber 0g; Total Sugars 0g; Protein 7g; Vit D (0% DV); Calcium (20% DV); Iron (0% DV); Potas. (0%DV)