California Burgers with Spicy Red Onion Aioli

Boy I sure seem to like big ol' sloppy burgers don't I? But heck, who doesn't? If you don't need at least two napkins it isn't a real burger in my mind! 

This is another in my continuing line of burgers I have been making. I have just become obsessed with cooking on the grill since it has been so hot. Then the grilling obsession turn more toward a burger obsession and well, as you can tell from the other burgers I have come up ( Inside Out Bacon Cheddar Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Big Fat Greek Burgers, The Mr T Burger, and the Big Pig Burger) my imagination goes crazy. I just love the process of thinking about all of the things I could throw at a burger, and what would work well together.

This burger actually came about because a local company, called Purdy Organics, offered me some samples of their products. I used the Cider Vinegar with Rosemary and Garlic to brine a chicken and it came out fabulous!! You can see that recipe here. This time I tried the spicy pickled red onion and immediately know I wanted to use them on a burger somehow.

I knew I wanted to do something more exciting than piling them up on the burger so I decided do use them in the sauce. I love flavored sauces or aiolis (which is just a fancy name for mayo) on a burger. Give me sweet, spicy, tangy, cheesy, oh ya bring it on!

Then I thought about the toppings I wanted. I wasn't sure and went back and forth on a few things, but in the end I decided just to put the toppings I would want on it. fresh tomato, lettuce, avocado, yum!! It all just reminds me of California, hence the name I gave the burger. Whether it reminds me of California, or just tastes ding dang good, all I know is I love this burger!

California Burgers with Spicy Red Onion Aioli

1-12 ounce jar of Purdy Organics Red Spicy Onions (or use this recipe for homemade), drained well and excess liquid squeezed out.
2 egg yolks
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
½ cup canola oil
1 lb ground beef (can use turkey)
1 clove of garlic, grated or mashed into a paste
Kosher salt
Cracked black pepper
4 large burger buns
1 large tomato, sliced into 4 slices
1 large avocado, mashed
1 lime, juiced
Iceberg lettuce

Place onions into a food processor along with yolks, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper, blend until smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in ½ cup olive oil, plus canola oil until emulsified. Transfer aioli to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

In a bowl mix together the ground beef, garlic, salt, and pepper. Score the meat in an "X" so you divide it into 4 equal portions. Form 4 patties.

Grill over medium-high heat, depending on the thickness of the patty, about 5 minutes per side for well done.

While burgers are grilling, cut avocados in half lengthwise and discard pits. Scoop out flesh and mash with  lime juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 

To serve, place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun. Top with the burger patty and drizzle with the aioli. Spread mashed avocado on top bun and place on top of the burger.



  1. Wow that looks amazing... following each way I can.

  2. OMWord!!! That looks and sounds amazing Bobbi!!!

    1. Thanks Lynn :) they were really good! I need to get some more of those onions!

  3. That's some good looking burger! Hubby really likes red onions--a jar of these pickled onions would be perfect to keep on hand (especially since I often forget to keep red onions around)

    1. Thanks Anne! I love those red onions. I really need to order some more. Plus I love their pickled asparagus too!