Now that the weather is starting to turn from hot summer days to cool fall evenings, that wonderful feeling of cool, crisp air is all around us…imploring us to throw that extra blanket on the bed, toss on our sweaters and crank up the grill for those fun football parties. This recipe is a bit on the fancier side than your average tailgate food, so you will either be the envy of your tailgating brood, or the butt of a few honest-to-goodness ribbings for your fancy palate.

But, all that said, I am wiling to go out on a limb to say that any of your friends who sink their teeth into one of these hearty beauties will be singing a different tune quickly. Just a little goat cheese goes a long way to add the perfect little bite of tang, and gives the burger that deliciously creamy, stick-to-your-ribs sensation that completes the experience. Be sure to pick up some fresh rolls with a nice chewy crust from a local bakery or specialty store…believe me that this step is just as important to the recipe as the quality of the meat.

An lastly…the best part…is that they are really simple to prepare and pack for grilling outdoors, and can be made as sliders to make them simpler to share and eat. Just marinate in the wine with seasonings ahead of time and form patties to the size of your liking. The warm flavors are perfect for taking the chill out of you and pleasantly filling up those game-day bellies.

 

Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8-9 sliders

Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups port
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, sliced into ~1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Crumbled Goat cheese, for serving
  • Slider buns, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, reduce the port and sugar to 1/2 cup (this will take ~30-35 minutes).
  2. While the port is reducing, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add the onions.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions have nicely caramelized, about 30-35 minutes. (If necessary, reduce heat and add a couple tablespoons of water to keep them from burning.)
  4. Heat grill to medium-high.
  5. When the port reduction is cool enough to touch, crumble the ground beef into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle 1/4 cup port reduction over top and lightly mix with your hands.
  7. Form slider patties (you'll get 8-9 2-oz patties) and cook to desired doneness, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  8. Serve the sliders on buns of your choice, topped with caramelized onions, a spoonful of remaining port reduction, and crumbled goat cheese.
http://www.delectabelle.com/2013/09/red-wine-burgers-with-caramelized-onions-and-goat-cheese/

Recipe Adapted from The Brewer and The Baker

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