Iceberg Babies® Hearty Beef Burger Cup


8 servings


  • 8 Garden Hearts® Iceberg Babies®
  • 3 lbs ground beef (80% lean)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning herbs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, 1/4-inch slices, keep the rings intact
  • 8 ozs Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated
  •  mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup


  1. Remove outer leaves of the Iceberg Babies®, if needed, and rinse under cold running water. Allow to air dry completely. Remove several of the outer leaves to form the cup.
  2. Mix the ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Separate into eight equal burger patties and indent the middle slightly with your thumb, Bobby-Flay style.
  3. Brush the burgers lightly with olive oil.
  4. Mix the ranch dressing and BBQ sauce to create a burger dressing and set aside.
  5. Place the onion slices on a plate and drizzle with the olive oil.
  6. On a hot BBQ, grill the burgers until charred on the outside and pink on the inside, about four minutes per side.
  7. At the time you turn the burgers, place the oiled onion slices on the grill along with the burgers.
  8. Shortly before the burgers reach the preferred doneness, flip them over and cover generously with Gruyere cheese.
  9. Let the cheese melt and remove the burgers and onions from the BBQ.
  10. Drizzle each lettuce cup with the dressing mixture and nestle the burger into the cup. Top with a grilled onion slice.
  11. Serve burgers with traditional toppings of pickles and, if desired, additional mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and ketchup. Best served with oven-baked fries!

The supple texture and just-right-size of Iceberg Babies® make them a perfect choice in wraps and hand rolls used in the Asian cuisine.

Recipe by: Beat Giger
CEC, AAC, Corporate Chef Pebble Beach Resorts; , Pebble Beach, CA