Grilled Carrot Infused BBQ Cheeseburgers

This picture doesn't do the burger justice. When I make these again, I'll plate it better.

I discovered this gem of a recipe in a deep dark nook of my brain I had apparently never visited before. This is primarily because I would normally have never thought to try throwing carrots into a hamburger before, but I was going through the fridge and saw a nearly new bag of baby carrots and a light bulb went off. I wanted to salvage these carrots before they ended up going bad.

Makes 4 Burgers
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 1 lb Ground Beef/Turkey
  • 2-4 Baby Carrots (chopped)
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 2-4 Tbsp Barbecue Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Hamburger Buns

In large mixing bowl combine ground beef/turkey, carrots, onion until evenly mixed. Add bread crumbs and barbecue sauce ensuring you do not add too much of either. Consistency should be moist enough to hold hamburger together in a tight ball. It should not be crumbly.

Divide mixture into 4 equal parts and create patties. I prefer packing my patties so they are roughly 1/2 inch thick but you can hand pack them.

Brush vegetable oil on both sides of patties.

Burger just before going on the grill.

Prepare the buns by cutting them in half and brush on 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil. Set aside.

Preheat the grill on high. When the grill is heated add patties to the grill. Cook hamburgers for 5-6 minutes roughly. Flip the burgers only once. When the burgers are close to cooked, add cheese and close cover and allow cheese to melt.

While cheese is melting, add buns to grill, oil side down and toast. Remove burgers when done and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes and serve.


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