How to Caramelize Onions: Your Patience Will Be Rewarded

How to Caramelize Onions: Your Patience Will Be Rewarded

Caramelized onions are so rich and sweet and buttery, they elevate any recipe to the next level. I have been making caramelized onions for years. It’s kind of my thing. And I have gotten it down to a science. They are so flavourful and delicious and I pretty much can’t have a burger without caramelized onions anymore. I have been ruined. They take a few minutes but they are so worth it.

Caramelized Onion Burger
Burger with Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions: The Ultimate Burger Topping

Look at that burger- am I right?! Nothing beats a homemade burger in the summer, that is for sure. Scott is an excellent barbecuer. He takes it very seriously and sets timers and rotates and flips the burgers precisely 3 times. He’s such an engineer about it. The first time I saw him set the timer to BBQ I laughed and thought it was crazy (obviously), but man does he make a good burger.

Stay tuned for the recipe for my flourless hamburger buns- you would swear they are made with flour, they are so light and fluffy. And how fancy does this one look with that sprinkle of rosemary on top?! That was a nice touch, eh?

There is a sandwich I get at one of our favourite restaurants sometimes (80/20 lifestyle for the win) that is chicken, brie, garlic mayo and this apple/caramelized onion confit. It is To.Die.For. I am going to try to re-create it on one of my flourless buns and see if I can get close to the flavours of that sinful sandwich.

Caramelized Onions


  • 2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Add sliced onions, oil and butter to your pan and cook on high for 5-10 minutes until they turn golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 20 minutes until they reduce and turn into a deep brown, stirring occasionally.

Caramelized Onions: Recipe Tips and Variations

In addition to the perfect homemade burger with caramelized onions (I am drooling right now just thinking about that burger), I also like to put caramelized onions on my salmon and on pizzas or flatbreads. Also stay tuned for my caramelized onion dip- it’s delicious!

This recipe works well with most types of onion so use whatever you have on hand. I don’t get the best results with red onion though, so save those for salads and just use regular yellow, white or sweet onions.

These caramelized onions will last in the fridge for a month or so (if they last that long) in a tupperware with a tight lid. I like to make a double batch and keep some in the freezer so I can have caramelized onions on a whim.

The Goddess Body Program

If you are losing weight on the the Goddess Body Programyou can make these caramelized onions during the loading phase and in weeks 2 and 3 of maintenance.

Please Comment Below

Do you love caramelized onions as much as I do? What do you put them on, in addition to burgers? Did I forget anything in my list above? I would love to hear from you.

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Caramelized Onions
Caramelized Onions

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