Man Burgers Stuffed with Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions for #SundaySupper Father’s Day Feast

Man Burgers Stuffed with Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions for #SundaySupper Father’s Day Feast

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.

Can’t you just smell them already?

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!

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!

Father’s Day Salads and Main Dishes:
Father’s Day Sweets and Treats:
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Let’s make Father’s Day a big deal this year by cooking some of our favorite dishes and pairing them with great wine!
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Cheers to a very Happy Father’s Day!
Until we eat again,


  1. Seriously awesome burgers Renee. I love caramelized onions and Pinot Noir. Stuffing them in a burger is simply genius.

  2. That top photo instantly made me want to go grill burgers … and it's only 5:45 in the morning. 🙂 Great choice for Father's Day. Looks delicious.

  3. Nothing says Father's Day more to me than grilling!! love these man burgers!!! so perfect!

  4. WOW! Those are some nice fat burgers! So perfect for Father's Day! I am loving this recipe!

  5. It's so true — I feel the same way as you do Renee – I find myself thinking of different ways that I can feature wine in my recipes. Gallo Family Wines have been such an amazing inspiration. s

  6. The name "man burgers" cracked me up! But what delicious manly burgers these are! I would love to bite into this and be surprised by this filling!

  7. Forget man burgers – I'd definitely take one or two of these delicious looking burgers!

  8. You managed to include every single favorite burger ingredient into ONE amazing burger! I can't wait to make these!!

  9. Typo – That's a Pam Burger not a Man Burger. Love it Rene

  10. This is my kind of burger! In fact, it kind of reminds me of the meatballs I made for today's #SUndaySupper!

  11. You have made man burgers but I do believe a few females might swoon over your creation, too =) Thank you for sharing the delicious how-to!

  12. While this is definitely man food, I think this (wo)man would happily partake – they sound mouthwatering! 🙂

  13. Oh, my gosh! Your stuffed cheeseburgers look terrific! Definitely man food, but I'd have no trouble eating my share 🙂

  14. Oooh my! The stuffing in these burgers is to die for! Definitely a manly burger, for sure!

  15. Those burgers look insane!

  16. These look incredible!! What a wonderful take on the classic caramelized onions by adding Pinot Noir! YUM!

  17. I had to read that title twice, just to make sure I read it right. Holy moly, burgers. These look and sound amazing!

  18. My mouth hasn't stopped watering! One thing is stuffing burgers with caramelized onions – Another is caramelized onions with pinot noir! The smell must have been AMAZING!!

  19. "man burgers" hahaha! I love it!

  20. I could go for a big fat juicy burger right about NOW.

  21. These man burgers would make my man weak in the knees! Love the sound of all those ingredients into one giant burger!

  22. Wow! Your wine infused caramelized onions sound amazing!

  23. Those are some amazing burgers! I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do this Sunday, but this is a great idea!

  24. Oh I bet those onions make this amaaaaazing!

  25. Now THAT is a burger!

  26. Now those are some manly burgers! I am trying these thank you thank you!

  27. I bet anyone in my family would LOVE these! Yum!

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

  29. 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 😉

  30. That looks like a happy father's day!

  31. 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!

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

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