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My current favorite restaurant is Applebee’s. We usually try to find small, quirky, mom and pop places to eat when we’re not grabbing fast food, but Applebee’s has a few things that I just love.

#1 – Red Apple Sangria. I love the stuff. They put a cute little toothpick with little balls of apple chunks in there. I don’t drink alcohol often, but when I do, I don’t really want it to taste like alcohol and this one fits that bill perfectly. I know. I’m a mystery.

#2 – Happy Hour. Not only does this make my Red Apple Sangria cheaper, but they have 1/2 priced appetizers and I happen to love sharing a basket of honey barbecue boneless wings.

#3 – Their French Onion Soup. I used to go occasionally for their unlimited soup and salad lunch deal, but I’m pretty sure they got rid of the “unlimited” part of it. Even though I rarely asked for plate refills, it’s just not as appealing without the option of eating more for free.

French Onion Cheeseburgers : So Very Blessed

It’s actually pretty weird that I like the soup as much as I do, because I’m a texture person and soggy bread does not usually go over well with me, but somehow in this soup, it just fits.

Luckily, I didn’t even have to try to tackle the soggy bread issue when I transformed the soup into burger form. Phew.

French Onion Cheeseburgers : So Very Blessed

I’m pretty sure Applebee’s uses provolone cheese in their soup, but after some internet research (thank you, Professor Google), I found that Gruyere is the more traditional soup topping, so that’s what I used.

I found it in the little island of fancy cheeses at Fry’s (okay, it’s not technically an island. More like a display, but that doesn’t sound as exotic).

French Onion Cheeseburgers : So Very Blessed

And it gave me an excuse to eat caramelized onions. It’s burger candy. The perfectly sweet adornment that makes everything good in the world as you chew.

I use Simply Recipes’ method for caramelizing onions and I usually do this the day before I use them in any recipe. They take some time, but they are so worth it.

French Onion Cheeseburgers : So Very Blessed

So, if you find yourself in the dilemma of craving both french onion soup and a hamburger, here’s your solution.

Or you could just eat a hamburger with a side of french onion soup, but then you don’t get the caramelized onions and, believe me, you want the caramelized onions.

French Onion Cheeseburger Recipe : So Very Blessed

French Onion Cheeseburger

  • Yield: 4 1x


For the burger

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire

For the toppings

  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 onion, caramelized


  1. Mix together the burger ingredients.
  2. Shape into 4 patties.
  3. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes per side, or until meat temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese on each burger, close the cover on the grill, and let the cheese melt for about a minute.
  5. Remove patties from grill.
  6. Place each patty on a bun and top caramelized onions.