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!

Serves            4

Prep                10 minutes

Ready in          20 minutes




·         1 pound/450 g ground beef

·         1/2 pound/225 g sliced pastrami

·         4 slices Swiss cheese

·         1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

·         salt and pepper to taste

·         4 large hamburger buns

·         1 cup/240 mL shredded lettuce

·         for Russian dressing:

·         1/2 cup/120 mL mayonnaise

·         1/4 cup/60 mL ketchup

·         1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

·         1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL onion powder


  • 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 4-5 minutes per side. Place 1/4 of the pastrami on each patty and top with Swiss cheese. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until patties are cooked through (165 degrees 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.


Recipe Sourced From The SpruceEats

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