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German Burgers


If you don't like sauerkraut, you could just chop some cabbage and top these wonderful German Burgers with that, or plain lettuce would be good too.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 burgers


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup soft rye or pumpernickel bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 6 slices Muenster or Swiss cheese
  • 6 pumpernickel sandwich buns
  • 1/2 cup drained sauerkraut
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


Prepare and heat grill. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, beer, caraway seed, salt, pepper, and mustard and mix gently. Shape into 6 patties.

Grill patties 4-6" from heat and cook 10-15 minutes until meat is no longer pink in center, or internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer. You can grill the cut sides of the sandwich buns if you like while burgers are cooking. Top each burger with cheese slice and let melt. Top with sauerkraut and sour cream and serve on buns.

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