Beef Sauerkraut Burger Recipe

Are you getting bored with your regular burger? This sauerkraut burger might just have the right spice and flair that you’re looking for! In between the burger buns are juicy beef patties, bacon, mustard, and sauerkraut. Together, they create a meaty and tangy flavor combination that will excite your appetite. Complete the meal by serving it with beer, sweet potato fries, and caesar salad on the side.

Tips on Making Sauerkraut Burger

Sauerkraut is made by fermenting green cabbage with lactic acid bacteria. It is like kimchi to Korea and atsara to the Philippines. The tangy-sour taste of this German food is pretty versatile. It is usually paired with meat, turned into soups, or served as a side dish to any meal. This time, it goes on a burger. Here are helpful tips about making it:

  • For the best juicy beef burger patties, use at least 80 percent lean ground beef. The fat will make it moist and tasty. Ground chuck is also a good choice, but feel free to use sirloin or ribeye if you’re feeling indulgent. Not sure what’s the difference? Check out Ground Chuck vs Ground Beef: Differences Explained!
  • To achieve a beautiful sear, refrain from frequently touching the patties once they hit the hot pan. You can cook the patties on a cast iron pan, frying pan, grill pan, or grill. 
  • Aside from hamburger buns, you can use a brioche bun or sliced rye bread instead. 
  • You can tell the quality of sauerkraut by its smell. It should smell fresh, clean, and delicious. The texture is crunchy. On the other hand, if it’s slimy, it’s not good to use anymore. Moreover, you can heat up the sauerkraut or keep it cold depending on your preference. Both ways are delicious.
  • Lastly, feel free to customize your burger! Add your favorite burger toppings like dill pickle slices, onion, mozzarella or cheddar cheese, thousand island dressing, mayo, for instance. You can also add sriracha sauce or chili flakes for some spice.

More Burger Recipes to Try

Here are more fun and delicious burger recipes that you can serve on your outdoor barbecue. Check these out:

  • Reuben Sandwich — Similar to our featured recipe, the main ingredients of this reuben sandwich are also sauerkraut and beef. It combines corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and cheese on buttered rye bread.
  • Grilled Turkey Burgers — Turkey sausages, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce make the turkey patties juicy and flavorful. To make it more delicious, you can add veggies like lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Barbecue Pork Burgers — This recipe makes the juiciest sweet-smoky grilled barbecue pork burgers with barbecue sauce on soft onion rolls.
  • Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders — Kids will love these burger sliders! The patties themselves are already loaded with chopped bacon, and each mini patty is topped with more bacon.
Beef Sauerkraut Burger Recipe

How To Make Beef Sauerkraut Burger

Indulge in sauerkraut burgers filled with the meatiness of ground beef and bacon and combined with the bright fresh tang of sauerkraut.

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 50 mins


For Burger Patty:

  • lb ground beef
  • oz yellow onions, minced
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 tsp ground green cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

For Sauerkraut Filling:

  • 1 lb sauerkraut, homemade or store-bought, prepared, drained
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • salt and ground white pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz bacon, minced

For Sandwich Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp yogurt, or sour cream
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • salt and ground black pepper, for seasoning

To assemble:

  • 10½ oz emmental cheese, or gruyere cheese, grated
  • 2 bacon rashers, halved, roasted
  • burger buns, or pretzel buns
  • lettuce, used mixed green ice and red curly leaf lettuce
  • cooking spray

Serve with:

  • ¼ cup potato chips, per serving


Burger Patty:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the ground beef, yellow onions, lime zest, ground green cardamom, ground cumin, ground coriander, and chili powder.
  2. Season it with salt and ground black pepper. Mix it all together to combine.
  3. Form roughly 4 ounces of patties, and press into a mold.
  4. Transfer the patties in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Cover and set aside in a chilled area for an hour until it firms up.

Sauerkraut Filling:

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the Sauerkraut and sauté it for roughly 5 to 7 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated and it has turned slightly golden.
  2. Add the bacon and honey, and continue sautéing. Season it with salt and ground pepper to taste. Adjust accordingly.
  3. Set it aside.

Sandwich Dressing:

  1. In a pinch bowl, add the yogurt, mayonnaise, grain mustard, and ketchup. Season with salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Stir all together to combine. Set it aside.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F. Grease both baking sheet and griddle.
  2. Sear the firmed patties evenly on all sides for at least 5 minutes per side.
  3. Place the seared patties on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Top the patties with roughly 1½ ounce of Emmental cheese.
  5. Roast the burgers in the oven for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted (or up to the desired outcome).
  6. Toast the burger buns.
  7. Start assembling the burgers once the buns are toasted.
  8. Spread roughly 1 tablespoon of dressing per bread half. Place the patty on the lower half of the bun.
  9. Add roughly 2 tablespoons of Sauerkraut filling per bun. Place another patty on top of the Sauerkraut.
  10. Add the lettuce and bacon. Cover with the top half of the bun.
  11. Skewer the bun to stay in place, then serve with potato chips. Enjoy!


  • Sugar: 22g
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  • Calcium: 814mg
  • Calories: 1358kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 327mg
  • Fat: 99g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Iron: 7mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 30g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Potassium: 1231mg
  • Protein: 85g
  • Saturated Fat: 46g
  • Sodium: 3110mg
  • Trans Fat: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 1739IU
  • Vitamin C: 30mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sauerkraut good for you?

Yes! Sauerkraut is actually rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and gut-health boosting probiotics. For this reason, regular consumption of sauerkraut helps improve digestion, boost the immune system, and might also help lose weight. A good serving portion is 3 grams per day.

What to serve with sauerkraut burger?

Aside from fries and beer, it also pairs well with soda, fried pickles, and potato salad. You can also serve it with pasta such as mac and cheese or alfredo pasta.

Hamburger Recipes


For a change, try and have a taste of a sauerkraut burger. You’ll definitely love the refreshing taste of tangy sauerkraut on meaty and tasty beef burgers.
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