When people find out that I cook for a living, they always ask what my favorite thing to cook is or what my specialty is.
Honestly this is a tough question for me.
I absolutely love to bake. It is always so therapeutic for me. Mixing and measuring. Stirring and whisking. And then of course the sweet, sweet reward at the end.
Sometimes I dream of having a strictly a dessert blog… sharing all those delicate creations.
However, I then remember that one cannot survive on desserts alone.
Planning the meal, from the main dish to the sides. Shopping for the perfect ingredients (then being inspired to create a new meal from the leftovers). Setting the table and sitting down together and enjoying passionate conversations over a carefully prepared, delicious meal.
Ahh… the essences of cooking.
So my friends, to answer this recurrent question, is I love both, cooking and baking! And everything that comes with it!
These Burgers with Blue Cheese and Red Wine Caramelized Onions were absolutely fantastic! The sweet, yet robust red wine caramelized onions are not only used for a burger topping but mixed into the actual burger patties before they are grilled to perfection. Pungent blue cheese balances out the sweetness of the caramelized onion mixture to give you a beautiful and brilliant flavor combination.
These burgers would be perfect for a summer cookout or intimate dinner for two. You decided. But just make them!
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon butter
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- ½ cup Merlot (or preferred red wine)*
- ½ tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 hamburgers buns, toasted, if desired
- ½ cup quality blue cheese crumbles
- 4 tablespoons balsamic ketchup
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- In a small skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon salt; saute for 8-10 minutes, or until soft and lightly caramelized.
- Add the red wine and thyme. Reduce heat to medium and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and reduced, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, gently combine the beef, half of the onion mixture, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, remaining salt and black pepper. Divide ground beef mixture into four equal portions and form into patties.
- Let burgers rest for 4-5 minutes then transfer to preheated grill. Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
- Top each burger with ¼ of the remaining onion mixture (reheated, if desired) and 2-3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles.
- Serve on lightly toasted rolls with ketchup or your favorite toppings.
*Note: The red wine can be omitted, if preferred, or substituted with pomegranate juice or balsamic vinegar.
Inspired by Cupcakes and Kale Chips