Pastrami Burgers

Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
836 Calories
54g Fat
29g Carbs
56g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 836
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 69%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 177mg 59%
Sodium 1459mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 377mg 29%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 713mg 15%
*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.)

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.


For the Pastrami Burger:

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1/2 pound pastrami, sliced

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • 1 clove garlic, minced, optional

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 4 large hamburger buns

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

For Russian Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

  3. In large bowl, combine ground beef, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

  4. Form into 4 equal-sized patties and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. This will make it easier to transfer to the grill.

  5. When the grill is heated, place patties on grill grates. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  6. 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.

  7. Quickly whip up the Russian dressing. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, ketchup, horseradish, and onion powder.

  8. 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 airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. The mixture will stay good for up to three days after preparation.

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