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A fun twist on a German recipe favorite, these Schnitzel Burgers with Muenster Cheese on Pretzel Buns are an indulgently delicious meal. These burgers are seasoned, breaded and slowly cooked to perfection, and perfectly complemented by Dijon-Lemon Mayo, caramelized onions, and a sturdy pretzel bun!


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An oeey-gooey indulgent mess that’s well worth the long workout the next day- these Schnitzel Burgers with Muenster Cheese on Pretzel Buns really hit the spot. These are burgers on steroids.

Made with German-inspired flair, the seasoned pork patties are dredged in a mixture of panko and parmesan, and then slowly cooked to perfection. Top that off with a light and tasty dijon-lemon mayo, some chopped pickles, caramelized onions and a thick slice of Muenster cheese, then stick that on a pretzel bun- and you’ve crossed the threshold into burger heaven.

Schnitzel Burgers with Muenster Cheese on Pretzel Buns

One pan for less mess

I think I speak for planet Earth when I say that dishes SUCK. So for this dish- we’re just gonna use one. A cast iron skillet.

First, you’ll caramelize your onions in it. Once those are done, set em aside, add a bit of canola oil to the skillet, and cook your burgers.

dredging pork burgers, caramelized onions

Breading the burgers (yes, you read that right)

Aside from being spiced just right, these burgers are also dipped in egg and breaded. This helps them keep a juicy interior, and gives them a crisp/runchy exterior, just like a classic schnitzel.

Schnitzel Burgers with Muenster Cheese

I love it when a plan comes together- assembling the burgers

A great burger is only as good as the sum of its parts, and this one is no different. Once the burgers are cooked, it’s time to assemble.

First, slather each pretzel bun generously with dijon-lemon mayo, then add the crisp, cheesy burger patties. Top all that with caramelized onions and chopped pickles and dig in!

Schnitzel Burgers

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Looking for more great recipes? Why not try my Philly Cheesesteak Jalapeño Poppers,  Italian Egg Roll Mozzarella Sticks with Balsamic dipping sauce, Pickle Battered Cheese Curds, or my Rueben Egg Rolls with Beer & Bacon Sauerkraut.

Schnitzel Burgers with Muenster Cheese on Pretzel Buns

Schnitzel Burgers with Muenster Cheese on Pretzel Buns

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Keyword: burger, cheese burger, pretzel bun, Schnitzel
Servings: 2


  • 2 pretzel buns
  • 2 slices Muenster or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill pickles 
  • 1 tbsp canola oil, for cooking burgers

Burger Mixture

  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp dry dill
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce 

Breading for Burgers

  • 1/4 cup  parmesan cheese 
  • 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 1 egg, beaten

Dijon-Lemon Mayo

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise or light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp country Dijon mustard, such as Grey Poupon

Caramelized Onions

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 medium white or yellow onions, sliced thinly 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup white wine or water (for deglazing)


  • Dijon-Lemon Mayo
    1. Combine mayo, lemon juice and country style dijon. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
    Caramelized Onions
    1. Caramelize the onions- Peel the onions and slice them in half, and then into thin slices.
    2. Add butter to a large cast iron skillet, and heat over medium heat until melted.
    3. Add the onions, and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Toss the onions to combine with the butter, and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly softened and some moisture is released- about 5 minutes.
    5. Add the sugar, stir to combine with the onions and continue to cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
    6. Deglaze the pan with 3 tbsp of the white wine (or water), and stir. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is evaporated. Continue to add wine or water, 3 tbsp at a time to deglaze the pan, making sure to stir and wait for all liquid to evaporate before adding more liquid. Repeat until full cup of wine or water is gone, making sure to stir and wait for evaporation at each interval. Takes approximately 20 minutes total. Once the onions are caramelized, remove them to a bowl and set aside.
    Make the burgers
    1. Mix the ground pork with the minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning gently with your hands, and form 2 patties. Combine panko breadcrumbs and parmesan in a large bowl, and add salt and pepper to taste.
    2. Gently dip burger patties in beaten egg, then in breadcrumb mixture to coat, pressing to adhere crumbs to burger.
    3. Heat 1 tbsp canola oil in the same cast iron skillet you cooked the onions in oven medium-low heat. Until shimmering, about 2 minutes.
    4. Add the dredged burgers and cook 7-8 minutes a side, depending on thickness.
    Once flipped, add cheese to melt and cover with a lid to cook second side. Burgers should register at 165 degrees with a thermometer inserted in the center.
    Assemble burgers
    1. Once burgers are cooked, spread the Dijon-Lemon Mayo on both sides of the pretzel buns,
    layer on the burgers, then the caramelized onions, then the chopped pickles, and enjoy!

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