These Smoked Gouda Beer Burgers are perfect for summer grilling! A simple ground beef burger patty stuffed with smoked gouda cheese, green onions, and your favorite beer.
This easy beer burger recipe is the perfect blend of classic and gourmet: it’s an excellent, flavorful twist when you’re craving new burger ideas, but there’s minimal prep so you can have these homemade hamburger patties on the grill in no time!
We’re loading these cheeseburgers with chunks of smoked gouda cheese, fresh green onions, and a splash of your favorite beer. Just a few minutes on the grill (or on the stovetop) makes the best, juicy burgers with a ton of flavor.
Riffs and Substitutions
This smoked gouda burger recipe is delicious as-is, but it’s also easy to tweak and adjust for whatever you have on hand!
- Swap the cheese. Use sharp cheddar, monterey jack, or pepper jack in place of gouda.
- Tweak the burger patties. Use root beer or beef stock in place of beer. Swap the green onions for diced red or white onions if you like, and add minced or roasted garlic for extra flavor!
- Add your favorite toppings. We kept these gouda burgers simple with just some cheese, mustard, and arugula, but dress them up however you like! They’re great with bacon, sliced onions or tomato, or grilled peppers. You can also add extra condiments: ketchup, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce are all good here.
- Use a different protein. Make these patties with ground chicken or turkey instead of beef! This recipe is also good with plant-based meat substitutes like ground Beyond Burger or Impossible Burger.
A few gouda cheeseburger FAQs!
Make a small indent in the center of your burger patties before you throw them on the grill to prevent your burgers from shrinking and puffing up in the middle.
Yes! Line a baking sheet or large plate with a nonstick silicone baking mat or waxed paper. Lay your burger patties in a single layer, then freeze for 2-3 hours until patties have set. Transfer frozen patties to an airtight container (we love Stasher Bags for this!). Store in the freezer for up to 3 months; defrost overnight in the fridge when you’re ready to use them.
Yes! Heat a heavy cast iron skillet or a grill pan over medium-high heat. Let the pan get nice and hot, and make sure your oven vent is on as burgers can smoke a bit on the stovetop. Add a thin layer of canola or vegetable oil to the pan if you like (use a pastry brush to brush oil over the grill pan) to prevent sticking, then cook!
Use whatever beer you like to drink! We like using something a little bit darker here – a dark IPA, bock, red ale, or even a stout or porter – for rich, deep flavor. But it’s good with just about any type of beer!
Video: How To Make Smoked Gouda Beer Burgers
A delicious smoked gouda cheeseburger made with your favorite beer. Perfect for summer grilling!
FOR THE BURGERS:
- 8 ounces smoked gouda cheese
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 large green onions, sliced
- ⅓ cup beer
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 hamburger buns (we like brioche buns)
- ¼ cup dijon mustard
- 1 packed cup fresh arugula (or whatever greens you have handy!)
- Cut four slices off of the smoked gouda and set aside. You’ll use these slices to top the burgers later.
- Cut remaining smoked gouda into small cubes (about ¼ inch across).
- Add cubed gouda, ground beef, sliced green onions, beer, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire, salt and pepper to a medium bowl. Use your hands or a sturdy spatula to mix everything together until well combined.
- Divide hamburger mixture into four sections and form each section into a patty.
Tip: Make the hamburger patties slightly larger in diameter than your hamburger buns (burgers will shrink as they cook) and make an indent in the center of the patties to stop them from puffing up in the middle.
- Preheat your grill and place hamburger patties on the hottest part of it. Sear them on each side for 5-7 minutes (depending on how well done you like your burgers).
- When the burgers are a few minutes from done, top each patty (still on the grill!) with a slice of smoked gouda so the cheese has a chance to melt.
- Toast burger buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
- Assemble the burgers! Spread a spoonful of mustard across each bun, add your cooked burger patties, and top with a handful of arugula (or any other burger toppings you like!) Serve immediately.
Adjust your burger mixture if needed. If the patty mixture feels too wet, add more breadcrumbs. Too dry? Add an extra splash of beer. You want burgers to hold their shape without crumbling.
What beer should I use? Use any beer you like to drink! We like slightly darker beers here: bocks, red ales, dark IPAs, and stouts/porters lend great flavor. But this recipe is good with lighter beers, too!
No grill? Cook these burgers on a very hot cast iron skillet or grill pan on the stovetop. Add a light layer of canola or veggie oil to the pan to prevent sticking, and turn your oven fan on as burgers can be a little smokey indoors.
Add your favorite toppings. Add crispy bacon, grilled onions or peppers, lettuce, tomato slices, or sliced onion to these burgers. Ketchup, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce are also good here.
Additions & Substitutions. Use ground turkey, ground chicken, or a ground plant-based meat substitute (like Beyond Burger or Impossible Burger) in place of the ground beef. Use sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese instead of gouda. Swap the green onions for diced red or white onions. Use root beer in place of beer if you like. Add minced garlic or roasted garlic to the burger mixture for extra flavor.
To freeze these burgers, lay patties on a lined baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container (we love Stasher Bags here!) and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to cook, defrost the burgers overnight in the fridge.
Keywords: BBQ, grilling, summer, barbecue