Julia’s Veggie Burger with Balsamic Grilled Red Onions

July 1st, 2024

Throughout the month of July, we’re celebrating the almighty burger! Every year we put a spin on summer’s quintessential dish with recipes by our WFM culinary team. This year we asked a few of our “non-culinary” staffers to share their favorite way to enjoy a burger. And they went all out with some super unique and creative recipes! We’re excited to share them with you here.
Veggie Burger with Balsamic Grilled Red Onions is brought to you by Julia, our resident vegetarian and creative genius in our marketing department.


  • Veggie burgers of choice
  • 1 red onion, sliced into rounds
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • Large tomato, sliced
  • Rolls of your choice
  • Garlic oil (or any flavored oil)


  1. Cook burgers to your liking, either on the grill or in a pan.
  2. Meanwhile, if using a grill, brush onion slices with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on one side until lightly charred, then flip and grill on the other side until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  3. If using a pan: Sauté onion slices in oil with salt and pepper. Don’t stir too much—you want them to brown a bit before turning them. When they have softened, add balsamic vinegar (a couple of tablespoons) and stir. Remove from heat.
  4. Brush cut side of rolls with garlic oil and toast over the grill or in a dry heavy pan over medium heat until lightly browned.
  5. Assemble: Place a thick slice of tomato and some balsamic onion on bottom roll. Top that with your burger, arugula, and avocado slices. Add another slice of tomato and top of roll. Serve with French fries, of course!

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