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Burgers Stuffed with Caramelized Onions and Wine

What’s better than burgers on the grill? Burgers Stuffed with Caramelized Onions…that’s what!! You’re going to flip over these burgers!

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I originally shared this recipe in 2014. I’ve recently updated this post with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

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The ingredient list:

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  • ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • sweet onions
  • butter
  • Pinot noir or other red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh thyme
  • bacon
  • garlic powder
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Swiss Cheese
  • buns
  • condiments of your choosing

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

Back in 2014 when I came up with the recipe, it was because I wanted to come up with a burger that would be fit for a Father’s Day feast…A “man” burger, if you will.

This is what I wrote back in 2014-

Whenever I think about Father’s Day, I can’t help but think of grilling.

To me, foods cooked on the grill just speak to me of “man food” with giant steaks and burgers searing on an open flame.

Can’t you just smell them already?

Can these stuffed burgers be made in advance?

Yes, they sure can, and I even recommend it.

I suggest making the wine-infused caramelized onions first and then cooling them completely.

After the onion are cooled make the burger patties and fill them with the cooled onions and the grated Gruyere cheese.

Seal the seams of the two patties well and keep them stored in the refrigerator (covered) for up to 6-8 hours.

How long do these stuffed burgers take to cook?

Since they are stuffed, these burgers will take longer to cook than your average one-patty burger. Plan on approximately 20-25 minutes.

Heat the grill, grill-pan, or skillet to medium-high.

Grill method:

Prepare the grill by adding some neutral-flavored oil to the grates of the grill after heating, using the kitchen towel method (shown below).

Cook the stuffed burgers for approximately 10 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for an additional 7-10 minutes on the second side.

Grill pan or skillet method:

Heat the pan to medium-high.

Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the burgers and cook for about 10 minutes on the first side, carefully flip, and cook for an additional 7-10 minutes on the second side.

Can ground turkey be used in place of ground beef for these burgers?

You bet.

Feel free to even use ground pork, chicken or lamb, but be aware that the cooking times will be different depending on which protein you choose.

Caution about stuffing ground turkey or chicken burgers:

When using ground chicken or turkey, the temperature of a properly cooked burger needs to be 165-degrees Fahrenheit (74-degrees Celcius) when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the ground meat portion of a stuffed burger.

The step-by-step photo instructions for making burgers stuffed with wine-infused caramelized onions and cheese:

  • In a large skillet over medium/high heat, sauté the onions in the butter until they start to get soft (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of the Pinot Noir, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Continue cooking while stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the chopped thyme leaves.
  • As the onions continue to cook down, add 4 more tablespoons of the Pinot Noir (2 tablespoons at a time) until the onions have cooked completely down, are very soft, and have become a deep red color *Note – This should take approximately 20 minutes.
  • Remove the onions from heat and cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ground beef and the remaining 1/8 cup Pinot Noir, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, the bacon, and the garlic powder.
 
  • Scoop approximately 2/3 cup of the ground beef mixture and form 9, 4″ round patties. Place the patties on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Top each patty with approximately 1 tablespoon of the Pinot Noir caramelized onions and on top of that, 1 tablespoon of the shredded Gruyere cheese.
  • Form another 5″ patty from the remaining ground beef mixture and place it on top of the onion and cheese topped patties.
  • Press the edges of the two patties firmly together with your fingers so that the filling does not ooze out during the cooking process.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (I use a gas grill but if you’re using charcoal, make sure the coals are evenly distributed throughout the grill surface and not flaming hot).
  • Place the burgers onto the grill surface and allow to sear uncovered for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Gently flip the burgers and continue to sear the other side uncovered for another 7-10 minutes.
  • Place the cheese slices on each burger, cover, and allow the cheese to melt (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  • Place each burger on a bun and top with your choice of condiments (or eat plain as I did to experience the full flavor of the pinot noir running throughout the entire burger).
 
 
A vertical closeup of a bunch of cheese covered burgers stuffed with caramelized onions.

Additional recipes using caramelized onions:

*French Onion Mac and Cheese (shown below, and in the featured video)

Today’s French Onion Mac and Cheese recipe has got your name written ALL over it, and I’m happily handing it to you! You’re welcome! 

A horizontal photo of French Onion Mac and Cheese in a casserole dish with a spoon and two onions in the forefront.

*German Onion Soup with Beer and Bratwurst (not shown)

German Onion Soup has plenty of caramelized onions, beer, bratwurst, and pretzel roll croutons. This delicious and hearty caramelized onion soup with a German flair will soon become a family favorite!

*French Onion Pork Chops (shown below)

All the flavors you love in a traditional French onion soup are captured in this recipe for French Onion Pork Chops. Make them ASAP and I promise you won’t be sorry!

Two Boneless French Onion Pork Chops on a blue plate with cheese and thyme.

*French Onion Sloppy Joes (not shown)

When you want to frugally feed a crowd for game day, or a hungry family at dinner, it doesn’t get much tastier than French Onion Sloppy Joes!

*Burgers Stuffed with Caramelized Onions (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s delicious stuffed burger recipe.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

 
Burgers Stuffed with Caramelized Onions on a cutting board with a glass of red wine in the background.

BURGERS STUFFED WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
What’s better than burgers on the grill? Burgers Stuffed with wine-infused caramelized onions…that’s what!! You’re going to flip over these burgers!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course burgers, grilling, Main Course
Servings 9 servings
Calories 873 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Pinot Noir divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 4 pounds ground beef I like 80% lean
  • 1 pound bacon cooked, drained, and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 9 slices Swiss cheese more if desired
  • 9 buns (your favorite variety)
  • Condiments of your choice

Instructions
 

  • -In a large skillet over medium/high heat, sauté the onions in the butter until they start to get soft (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  • -Stir in 2 tablespoons of the Pinot Noir, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Continue cooking while stirring occasionally.
  • -Stir in the chopped thyme leaves.
  • -As the onions continue to cook down, add 4 more tablespoons of the Pinot Noir (2 tablespoons at a time) until the onions have cooked completely down, are very soft, and have become a deep red color *Note – This should take approximately 20 minutes.
  • -Remove the onions from heat and cool completely.
  • -In a large bowl, mix the ground beef along with the remaining 1/8 cup Pinot Noir, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, the bacon, and the garlic powder.
  • -Scoop out approximately 2/3 cup of the ground beef mixture and form 9, 4" round patties. Place the patties on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • -Top each patty with approximately 1 tablespoon of the Pinot Noir caramelized onions and on top of that, 1 tablespoon of the shredded Gruyere cheese.
  • -Form another 5″ patty from the remaining ground beef mixture and place it on top of the onion and cheese topped patties.
  • -Press the edges of the two patties firmly together with your fingers so that the filling does not ooze out during the cooking process.
  • -Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (I use a gas grill but if you’re using charcoal, make sure the coals are evenly distributed throughout the grill surface and not flaming hot).
  • -Place the burgers onto the grill surface and allow to sear uncovered for approximately 10 minutes.
  • -Gently flip the burgers and continue to sear the other side uncovered for another 7-10 minutes.
  • -Place the cheese slices on each burger, cover, and allow the cheese to melt (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  • -Place each burger on a bun and top with your choice of condiments, or eat plain to experience the full flavor of the pinot noir running throughout the entire burger).

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 873kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 61gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 1439mgPotassium: 943mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 400IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 404mgIron: 7mg
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Susan

Thursday 12th of June 2014

Oh yeah, these are some serious burgers! This would definitely make dad happy.

Alida

Thursday 12th of June 2014

My husband is a stuffed burger connoisseur, and I know he would just LOVE these. But honestly, with all that tasty goodness you have going on here, who wouldn't love them! YUM!

Meredith

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

That looks like a happy father's day!

Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

Man Burger, I love it. What's funny is that while my husband and I were walking the dog last night, he was telling me about how one of his co-workers mixes bacon in with hamburger before forming the patties. My husband thought it was strange, and I was like "What?!? That sounds AWESOME!!!" So, I guess I'm the one in our house that really wants a man burger ;)

Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Oh My Lanta! What I wouldn't do for a bite of one of those burgers!