Smoky Beer Burgers with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Anyone can cook up some ground meat on a grill, but, like Arthur and his sword, only a true King can bring this much flavor from the grill to the table. Conquer friends and family for the night with this smoky, spicy champion.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 pounds lean ground sirloin

1/3 pound smoked Gouda cheese, diced into 1/4 to 1/2-inch cubes

1 medium onion or 1/2 large onion

2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika, 2/3 palm full

1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/3 palm full

Grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning)

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

Generous handful finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 (12-ounce) bottle beer

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1/2 cup spicy brown mustard

1/4 to 1/3 cup sour cream

2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill

4 crusty Kaiser rolls, split and lightly toasted

Green or red leaf lettuce, for topping

Sliced sweet bread and butter pickles, for topping


  1. Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the meat in a bowl and add the cheese. Peel the onion and halve it, if using the medium onion. Grate about 3 to 4 tablespoons of onion directly over the meat into the bowl. Finely chop the remaining onion and reserve for topping. Add spices to meat: paprika, cumin and about 1 tablespoon of grill seasoning and/or some salt and pepper. Add garlic, parsley and Worcestershire and beer then form 4 large patties making them a little thinner at the center than at edges. Burgers plump when you cook them so this will prevent burger bulge. Drizzle a little olive oil over the burgers then grill about 4 minutes on each side for medium rare, 5 minutes on each side for medium and 6 to 7 minutes on each side for well done.
  3. Mix mustard and sour cream with dill.
  4. Serve patties on bun bottoms and top with lettuce, pickles, chopped raw onion. Slather bun tops with sauce and serve.