Opa Burgers On The Grill Recipe

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Opa Burgers on the Grill

Renate Wolfe


My German father grilled these hamburgers for our family every Sunday in the summer from the time I was a very little girl. When my sons came along, they loved to help their Opa (German for Grandpa) make his special hamburgers, and renamed them Opa Burgers. The secret is in the sausage and SHREDDED onion.

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6 -10


20 Min


30 Min


2 lb
80/20 ground beef or chuck
1 lb
ground sausage or pork
onion, peeled and shredded w/juice
1 tsp
1 tsp
garlic powder if desired
1/2 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Shred onions into a large mixing bowl. Do NOT chop. Shredding onions creates the juice, which is what you want for flavor.
Add the hamburger and sausage to the shredded onion. Make sure to use 80/20 hamburger or chuck. The fat will drip off with the grilling. Lean ground beef makes the hamburgers dry.
Add salt, pepper and garlic if desired. Alternatively, you may salt and pepper the hamburgers after you form them into patties.
With clean hands, combine mixture well and form into patties. This recipe will make 8 - 10 hamburgers depending on how big you make the patties.
Grill on grill until desired doneness. These taste best on a charcoal grill, but are wonderful on a gas grill too. You can even do them in a George Foreman. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers
Hashtags: #grilled, #meats