Tuesday Tutorial: Sweet & Smoky Cheeseburgers

For the Tuesday Tutorial this week I thought I’d try something a little different.  I’ve shared a few of my “not recipes” on this blog before (see cooking label on the sidebar) and I thought I’d share another one this week.

The reason I call them “not recipes” is because they are meals that are “assembled” from ready made ingredients, with only a little cooking involved… They are the meals that are in our regular “meal cycle”, you know the stuff that gets you through the week when you are running around like a crazy person at dinner time!  They are quick, easy and I think most importantly (I think) yummy…

This weeks “not recipe” is Sweet and Smoky Cheeseburgers.

Last summer I visited San Diego and while there consumed great amounts of very delicious food (oh how I want a fish taco right now!!)… My kids and I visited a Ruby’s. We don’t have Ruby’s in Kentucky and the kids thought it looked fun.

It was fun and good! I had a great cheeseburger there that inspired this one. I tried to look at the Ruby’s online menu to see which one it was, but it’s not on there must have been special.

This cheeseburger has a sweet bun, smoky mayonnaise and savory caramelized onions.. with a little avocado and tomato thrown in… I really liked the contrast of the sweet & smoky…

Okay now for the ingredients:

2 lb ground beef, I use 80/20 organic ground, you can use a leaner beef, but I like the extra flavor.
1 package onion soup mix
Chipotle flavored Mayo (I bought mine already made at the grocery store, it’s by the regular mayo, or mix chipotle seasoning into mayo)
Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls
Swiss cheese
Purple onion
butter & olive oil

Mix your 2 lbs ground beef with package of onion soup mix, form into patties.  Season with salt and pepper and place on a hot BBQ grill to cook.

Cut your onion into thin slices. Place a bit of butter and olive oil in a pan and heat up. Add the sliced onions and cook until soft and caramelized (be careful not to burn it). It will take about 10 minutes.

When the burger is done cooking, place 1 slice of swiss cheese on top. You want it to melt just slightly.

Slice  avocados & tomatoes, wash lettuce (I like to use bibb lettuce)

Assemble burgers:

Spread chipotle mayo on both hawaiian sandwich buns, add lettuce tomato & avocado.

Yield: 5 large burgers


note: if you like your burgers a but more spicy use a pepper jack instead of swiss. I wasn’t sure how my kids would react so I just used the mayo.

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    Oh how I LOVE Ruby’s!! Growing up in Huntington Beach, California we had a Ruby’s at the end of our pier, they have the BEST burgers!! I love this recipe, it seems super easy and full of flavor. I am definitly giving this a try.And I LOVE advocado on my burger! Thanks for sharing!

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