Pastrami Burgers

Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.
Ratings (8)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1/4-pound burgers (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
909 Calories
59g Fat
18g Carbs
74g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Despite what you might think, this is a classic hamburger. Legend has it that this burger was invented in Utah. What could be better than a juicy burger, topped with fresh warm slices of pastrami, Swiss cheese, and a delicious creamy sauce.  If you haven't tried a pastrami burger, it's time to do so!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced pastrami
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • For Russian Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish (prepared)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Steps to Make It

Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

In large bowl, combine ground beef, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Form into four equal sized patties and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. This will make it easier to transfer to the grill.

When grill is heated, place patties on grill grates. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Place 1/4 of the pastrami on each patty and top with Swiss cheese. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until patties are cooked through (165 F) and cheese has melted through.  Promptly remove from grill.

To serve: add shredded lettuce to one half of hamburger bun, top with finished patty, and add a generous dollop of Russian dressing. 

Double or triple the recipe if you intend to serve a larger group.  Russian dressing can be made a day in advance and stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.  Mixture will stay goof for up to 3 days after preparation.