This epic Pastrami Burger with Kraut just may be the best thing to come from your grill this summer. It’s a juicy beef patty topped with melted Swiss cheese, warm pastrami, and tangy sauerkraut served on a toasted bun with mustard. A mouthwatering combination that will make your taste buds oh so happy!
You are going to love this Pastrami Burger With Kraut. Remember my Reuben Burger? This one is similar but has a couple of twists that set it apart. Like a traditional NY Deli Pastrami sandwich, it’s got mustard, but in place of the tangy pickles, it’s topped with Frank’s Kraut. Unlike my Reuben burger, packed with corned beef and Thousand Island Dressing on rye, this one is on a buttery brioche bun.
This post is sponsored by Frank’s Kraut, but my lifelong love and opinion of their delicious sauerkraut are all my own.
GRILL OUT WITH FRANK’S KRAUT
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” There is just nothing like a meal cooked outside on a warm summertime day. Friends and family gathered around the grill just waiting in anticipation of what is to come.
We eat a lot of burgers, hot dogs, and brats in the summer. They are so easy to make and everyone loves them, and making them their own with their favorite toppings? That is when the magic happens.
And in our house, the toppings always include a big jar of Frank’s Kraut!
What is Sauerkraut?
Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and it adds a slightly sour taste and crunchy texture to our food. It also has many health benefits. With so much focus on gut health these days, you’ll be glad to know that that scoop of sauerkraut you’ve been adding to your foods can play a role in keeping your gut healthy. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals sauerkraut also contains probiotics which may help support the absorption of nutrients by the body.
Pastrami Burger With Kraut
Nothing says summer like burgers on the barbeque. Wouldn’t you agree? But what if I told you you could take your burger experience to a whole new level? You’d be all over it, right? That’s why I created this Pastrami Burger With Kraut.
Pastrami Burger Recipe
Take advantage of grilling season and cook up these burgers on the grill outside but if the weather doesn’t cooperate you can always cook up the burger patties on medium-high heat in a large skillet on the stove. Do you have a cast iron skillet? Even better! It’s great to sear burgers.
Perfect for grilling season this burger can be served at your next backyard barbeque, picnic, or potluck. Feel free to add your favorite burger toppings like dill pickles or sweet pickle relish.
Ingredients for a Pastrami Burger
Find the complete measurements and instructions at the bottom of this post in the printable recipe card.
- Ground beef – Prepared into 4 burgers. Ground chicken, ground chuck or turkey are also good options. Season the ground beef with black pepper and salt.
- Pastrami – Sliced deli pastrami adds tons of flavor to this Pastrami Burger, if you can’t find pastrami, corned beef works well, too.
- Swiss cheese – Slices of Swiss cheese are easiest to use but you can also buy a block and slice it yourself.
- Burger buns – Buttered and toasted for the best flavor and crunch. I used sesame brioche buns.
- Frank’s Kraut – Drained sauerkraut gives this burger its wow factor!
- Stone Ground Mustard – Stone ground mustard complements the flavors of the pastrami nicely.
How to make pastrami burgers with kraut
This hearty meal comes together in about 30 minutes!
Begin by buttering the insides of your burger buns and toasting them in a skillet or on the grill. Set them aside.
Salt and pepper ground beef and form 4 patties.
Grill or pan-fry your burgers until they are the desired internal temperature to your liking. Top with cheese and let it melt. Warm the pastrami slices and the sauerkraut.
Build your Pastrami Burgers by slathering the bun with stone ground mustard.
Place a burger on the bottom bun, and top it with pastrami.
Then a big helping of Frank’s Kraut, and finally the top bun.
Leftover burgers can be placed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for 3 days. You can also freeze the burgers for up to 3 months. Store burger components separately.
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What’s the difference between a pastrami and a Reuben sandwich? A Reuben sandwich is made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, rye bread, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing while a pastrami sandwich is made with pastrami, pickles, and mustard on rye bread.
How long does it take to grill a burger? To grill a hamburger it can take about 3-4 minutes per side or 6-8 minutes in total so that is cooked medium doneness. If you prefer your burger medium rare cook for a minute or two less or if you like your burger well done cook for 5-6 minutes per side. If you are preparing really thin or really thick burgers note this will affect the cook time. In addition, all grills are different so watch your burgers carefully as they cook.
How long to cook burger patties on the stove? It also depends on how thick you’ve made your burger and whether you like it medium or well done.
Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!
Instead of burger buns serve the burgers on slices of rye bread.
Make open-faced burgers instead of traditional burgers, and eat with a knife and fork. Serve bun-less to lower the carbs.
Make things quicker and simpler by buying pre-made burger patties and pre-sliced cheese.
Tips & Tricks
Keep a package of burger buns and frozen burgers in the freezer for those impromptu barbeques.
If you’ve got leftover corned beef go ahead and use that instead of the pastrami.
Choose 80% lean ground beef for the best burger flavor.
More Burger Recipes to Love
- Reuben Burgers (pictured above)
MORE SAUERKRAUT RECIPES TO LOVE
Follow along with Frank’s Kraut on their social media to get delicious recipes all year long. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for all things sauerkraut! Grab some kraut for yourself on their website!
Let’s indulge in a mouthwatering Pastrami Burger with Kraut! Juicy beef, melted Swiss, warm pastrami, tangy Frank’s Kraut, and Stone Ground Mustard on a toasted bun. Satisfaction guaranteed!
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 6 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced
- 1/2 pound pastrami, sliced
- 1 cup Frank's Kraut, drained
- Stone Ground Dijon Mustard, to taste
- 4 hamburger buns
- Begin by buttering the insides of your burger buns and toasting them in a skillet or on the grill. Set them aside.
- Salt and pepper ground beef and form 4 patties.
- Grill or pan-fry your burgers until they are the desired internal temperature to your liking.
- Top with cheese and let it melt.
- Warm the pastrami slices and the sauerkraut.
- Build your Pastrami Burgers by slathering the bun with stone ground mustard. Place a burger on the bottom bun, top it with pastrami, then Frank's Kraut, and finally the top bun.
- Serve hot.
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Frank's Kraut, 14oz (24 pack)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 985Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 270mgSodium: 1843mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 84g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.