Whenever I think about Father’s Day Feasts, 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.
Since being selected to participate in my first ever #SundaySupper Gallo Family Vineyards recipe extravaganzas, I have been super excited and recipe ideas have swirled around in my head for weeks and weeks. I finally settled on these “Man Burgers Stuffed with Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions.”
What makes these burgers so incredibly unique and flavorful is the caramelization of the onions in the Gallo Family of red wines, and particularly in this recipe with their Pinot Noir (and a splash or two in the ground beef itself).
To me, the Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir has a superior rich, almost buttery taste that lends itself incredibly well to the deep, smooth and mellow flavor of the onions after they’ve been allowed to reduce and intensify their sweetness. The pairing of the onions and wine is truly outstanding, and they’re a great compliment to these big, bold man-sized beefy burgers!
MAN BURGERS STUFFED WITH PINOT NOIR CARAMELIZED ONIONS
Yield: 9 HUGE burgers Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup Gallo Family 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 75% lean)
1 pound bacon that has been cooked, drained and crumbled
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
9 slices Swiss cheese, (more if desired)
Condiments of your choice
-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 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, 5″ 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 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 man 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 man burger on a bun and top with your choice of condiments (or eat plain as I did to experience the full flavor of the pino noir running throughout the entire burger).
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Please note that all the opinions I’ve shared of the Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir are strictly my own. I have not been influenced in any way by Gallo Family Vineyards. That said, this is an exceptional wine and one I gladly choose to drink on my own, either by itself, or in a fabulous recipe.
Speaking of fabulous recipes including Gallo Family Vineyards wines, please click on all the links below as the #SundaySupper team celebrates, Father’s Day Feasts, and of course Gallo Family Vineyards!
- Avocado and Quinoa Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- Baked Lentil Chilaquiles Casserole by Shockingly Delicious
- Barbecue Chicken with Pinot Noir Blueberry Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken in a Caramelized Onion Wine Sauce by Family Foodie
- Filet Mignon with Mushrooms and Pinot Noir Sauce by Hip Foodie Mom
- French Onion Soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatballs by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Southwestern Zinfandel Glaze by Cooking On The Ranch
- Jambalaya Kabobs by Foxes Love Lemons
- Man Burgers Stuffed with Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Marinated Flank Steak by The Foodie Army Wife
- Mushroom Topped Pinot Noir Burgers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pinot Noir Glazed Salmon by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pinot Noir Mushroom Reduction Sauce with Grilled T-Bone Steak by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Red Wine Meatball Subs by Momma’s Meals
- Angel Food Cake Smores Skewers by Melanie Makes
- Cafe Zinfandel Cake & Pinot Noir Quinoa by NinjaBaking.com
- Cherry Pinot Noir Pie by girlichef
- Chocolate Decadence with Cafe Zinfandel Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce by Desserts Required
- Hot Fudge Pudding Cake by Magnolia Days
- Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles by Alida’s Kitchen
Cheers to a very Happy Father’s Day!
Until we eat again,