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Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onion Aioli

These Burger Bowls are the most delicious veggie-packed meal! Loaded with juicy pan-seared burger patties, crispy French fries, cherry tomatoes and a sweet caramelized onion aioli. Everything comes together in less than an hour and leftovers are perfect for meal prep. This burger bowl recipe is also easily customizable for different diets, such as gluten free and vegan.

What goes in a Burger Bowl?

  • Hamburger patties: Obviously! This burger bowl recipe calls for ground beef to make the juiciest pan-seared burgers. Opt for a fat content of 15-20% to ensure the burgers don’t dry out.
  • Fries (or another form of potato): There’s lots of room for customization here. If you’ve got the time and ingredients, a batch of homemade oven fries or roasted potatoes goes perfectly in these burger bowls. However, frozen fries are just as good! Feel free to switch it up and use sweet potatoes or omit the potatoes altogether for a lighter meal.
  • Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are sweet and bite-sized, perfect for a loaded burger bowl! If they’re in season, heirloom tomatoes are also a great option.
  • Romaine lettuce: I like to use romaine lettuce for it’s crunch, but iceberg lettuce and mixed greens also work.
  • Caramelized Onion Aioli: Honestly this sauce might be the best part of the recipe. It’s sweet and creamy—perfect for topping our burgers and for dipping fries!
Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onion Aioli

How to make Caramelized Onion Aioli

This Caramelized Onion Aioli is so simple and easy to make. Start by heating a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and add the onion. Let the onion cook down for about 10 minutes before adding a bit of brown sugar to help caramelization process along. Keep stirring every few minutes until the onion turn a deep golden brown color.

If at any point, the onions look dry or begin to burn, simply turn down the heat and add a splash of water to the pan. They should have a jam-like consistency by the end of cooking.

This aioli is so delicious, I like to make a double batch and use it on everything! On baked potatoes, sandwiches, as a dip for chips and vegetables, salad dressing, etc.

More topping ideas

  • Pickles
  • Cheese (melted on top of the burger patties)
  • Avocado
  • Grilled veggies (such as zucchini, eggplant & bell peppers)
  • Bacon
  • Baked potato
  • Sweet potato fries

Tips and FAQ

  • Can these burger bowls be made vegan? Yes! Swap out the ground beef for a vegan alternative such as impossible meat or your favorite veggie burger.
  • Can I use other types of meat? Yes! Replace the beef burgers with turkey or chicken burgers. Meatballs also work well. If you don’t feel like shaping the patties, you can also just brown the meat in a pan and drain off any excess rendered fat.
Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onion Aioli

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Yield: 4 servings

Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onion Aioli

Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onion Aioli

These Burger Bowls are loaded with juicy pan-seared hamburger patties, crispy fries, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and a creamy caramelized onion aioli. Perfect for meal prep and easily customizable for different diets.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb ground beef (80-85% lean)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For serving

  • Roasted potatoes or French fries (homemade or from frozen)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Romaine lettuce


  1. To make the caramelized onion aioli heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When shimmering, add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the brown sugar and cook for another 5-10 minutes or until the onions are a deep golden brown color. If at any point they start to burn or crisp up, add a splash of water to the pan. You want a jammy consistency.
  2. Transfer the caramelized onions to a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. For the burgers, divide the ground beef into 5-6 pieces and shape into patties. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Wipe out the skillet and return to medium-high heat. Sear the burgers for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are cooked to your liking.
  4. Serve the burgers over chopped romaine lettuce with sliced tomatoes, fries and dollops of caramelized onion aioli.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 461mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 35g

All nutritional info is an estimation

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