Pastrami Burgers

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Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1/4-pound burgers (4 servings)
Ratings (5)

Despite what you might think, this is a classic hamburger. Legend has it that this burger was invented in Utah. What could be better than a juicy burger, topped with fresh warm slices of pastrami, Swiss cheese, and a delicious creamy sauce.  If you haven't tried a pastrami burger, it's time to do so!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced pastrami
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • For Russian Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish (prepared)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  2. In large bowl, combine ground beef, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Form into four equal sized patties and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. This will make it easier to transfer to the grill.
  3. When grill is heated, place patties on grill grates. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Place 1/4 of the pastrami on each patty and top with Swiss cheese. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until patties are cooked through (165 F) and cheese has melted through.  Promptly remove from grill.
  1. To serve: add shredded lettuce to one half of hamburger bun, top with finished patty, and add a generous dollop of Russian dressing. 
  2. Double or triple the recipe if you intend to serve a larger group.  Russian dressing can be made a day in advance and stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.  Mixture will stay goof for up to 3 days after preparation.