Lipton Onion Soup Burger Recipe

Give your burgers instant flavor with the help of onion soup mix!

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Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 24, 2022

Lipton Onion Soup Burger is a classic recipe that gives your burgers instant flavor. The secret ingredient is just a simple packet of onion soup mix!

Lipton Onion Soup Burger

Lipton French Onion soup mix is a staple in kitchens all around the world. But how did one flavor of soup become so popular as an ingredient?

The Lipton brand got its start in Britain, and is named after founder Sir Thomas Lipton. It originally sold and distributed teas, and to a lesser degree soup mixes.

Their French onion soup became a pantry staple after an advertising campaign in the 1950s. It was touted as a delicious way to make dip for chips, and from there its versatility became known!

This recipe uses French onion soup mix as a shortcut to add flavor to burger meat. It’s an old trick that shaves prep time from a meal, and tastes great!

Try these Lipton Onion Soup burgers for your next barbecue or party. This 30-minute recipe is made with simple ingredients, so it’s the perfect burger recipe for novice cooks!

Picking the Best Lipton Onion Soup Burger Ingredients

Burger Buns

The buns are an understated but important part of your French onion soup burger. The most typical burger bun used in fast food burgers is the sesame seed bun.

History has it that sesame seed hamburger buns came out of Oklahoma, way back in 1891! Other stories say sesame seed buns were invented in California by the restaurant Bob’s Big Boy.

Either way you have it, this bun is a truly American creation. The sesame seeds help provide a nutty flavor and add texture to the bread–and look great too!

Ground Meat

The most popular ground beef for making burgers and meatballs is ground chuck. It’s made from primal cuts from the front of the cow that are higher in fat.

Regular ground beef at the grocery store is generally a mixture of different cuts from all over the cow. For example, ground round is from the rump, and ground sirloin is from the loin.

For a more low-fat burger, you can also use ground turkey. This is a mix of ground light and dark meat which includes fat and skin.

Ground turkey has a deliciously dense and meaty texture. It also has more protein than chicken!

Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Lipton Onion Soup Mix has the deliciously deep and rich flavor of caramelized onions. Although it was originally intended to make French onion soup, this mix has become a staple ingredient for dips.

I’ve used this onion soup to flavor meatloaf, burgers, lasagnas, and countless other dishes! It’s the perfect all-in-one seasoning that gives a boost of savory onion flavor to any recipe.

The main ingredients in Lipton Onion Soup Mix are dehydrated onions, salt, onion powder, and soy sauce.

You can also make your own homemade onion soup mix by blending garlic powder, dried onions, pepper and salt.

Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs are a must-have in my pantry because they are just so versatile! They can be used to add a crunchy coating to fried chicken or give some texture to casseroles.

Bread crumbs are typically made from white bread, but rye or whole wheat is common too. Japanese bread crumbs are called panko and have a unique light and crispy texture compared to regular bread crumbs.

If you’re feeling up to it, you can even make your own homemade bread crumbs from old or stale bread. Simply dry the bread in the oven and pulse it in a food processor until it becomes crumbs.


Take juicy burgers to the next level by adding some cheese on top of your patty. A good melty cheese like cheddar, swiss cheese or gruyere is my go-to.

Gruyere is typically used for this Lipton Onion Burgers recipe. This cheese has a unique nutty and creamy flavor that adds excellent depth to the dish.

You can shred or slice your cheese and add it on top of your delicious burgers. Or if you’re feeling fancy, you can mix shredded cheese right in with the burger meat.

Easy Tips for the Best Lipton Onion Soup Burger

  • Make your burgers with 80/20 ground beef if you can find it! This is a ratio of 80 percent muscle and 20 percent fat, often found in ground chuck meat.

  • Check for doneness with a meat thermometer. This thermometer gets inserted into the center of the burger so you don’t have to cut it open.

  • Cook burgers to an internal temperature of 160°F for a well-done burger, and 130°F for medium-rare.

  • Give your onion soup mix burgers the perfect char with a reverse sear. This technique will ensure your burger is cooked evenly, with those delicious crispy edges you love!

  • Add worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or mustard if you don’t want to stick to salt and pepper.

Lipton Onion Soup Burger recipe

Lipton Onion Soup Burger Recipe

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Servings8
  • Yield8 burgers

Level: Easy




  1. Combine Mayonnaise, Bread Crumbs, Cheese and Soup Mix

    Add mayonnaise, bread crumbs, shredded cheese and dry onion soup mix to a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined.

  2. Add Ground Beef

    Add ground beef to the bowl and mix again.

  3. Shape Into Patties

    Use your hands to shape the burger meat into patties. Keep the meat loose, rather than packing it together.

  4. Cook Burgers on the Griddle

    Place the griddle over medium high heat. Add oil and burger patties and sear for 4-5 minutes.

    Flip the burger and sear for another 4-5 minutes. Work in batches until all the burgers are cooked.

  5. Serve on Buns

    Add the patties to the buns and serve with your favorite toppings and condiments. For me, it’s red onions, tomato and salad.

Lipton Onion Soup Burger serve

What to Serve with Lipton Onion Soup Burger

Burgers lend themselves well to so many different sides. From fast-food staples to picnic fare, there’s no shortage of ways to make a delicious meal.

  • The classic American pairing for a juicy burger is crispy French fries. You can use regular white potatoes or go for something a little different with smoky sweet potato fries.

  • Picnic salads like coleslaw or potato salad are also a delicious fresh option. Corn on the cob is another simple way to freshen up this meal and keep it balanced.

  • Another popular barbecue side dish that’s easy to heat up quickly is canned baked beans. The rich and smoky sweetness is just the thing to pair with these super savory French onion soup burgers!

Storing Lipton Onion Soup Burger

Always make sure you store leftover burgers in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after cooking. Ground beef is safe to store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

If you prefer to freeze this burger recipe for a later meal, it will keep for four months maximum.

The best way to store meat according to the FDA is to first wrap it in plastic wrap so it can’t get freezer burnt. I recommend shaping your burger patties first then freezing them, so it’s easier to thaw and cook.

You can also cook the burger patties, then freeze them. This will be the easiest and quickest way to reheat them.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 729Calories
  • 29.5g Fat
  • 51.8g Carbs
  • 61.6gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat29.5g 38%
Saturated Fat11.7g 59%
Cholesterol173mg 58%
Sodium1435mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate51.8g 19%
Dietary Fiber2.7g 10%
Total Sugars3.4g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium316mg 24%
Iron6mg 31%
Potassium743mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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