Blue Cheese Sirloin Burgers with Red Wine-Onion Jam

Welcome to our Sunday gathering. The weather is perfect. The windows have been opened, the music is turned up, the table and chairs have been brought outside, and friends have arrived with ice coolers and wonderful side dishes to compliment the meal.

My husband has fired up the grill and we are going to enjoy some fabulous grilled hamburgers and bratwursts too, served up with blue cheese and a red wine onion jam, with all the traditional American side dishes, french fries, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans.

 I am quite pleased with myself. For the first time, with inspiration from Cathy from Wives with Knives I stepped out and baked my own hamburger buns-oh my!

It is Sunday, kick back and enjoy the day with us.

Blue Cheese Sirloin Burgers with Red Wine-Onion Jam
Serves 4
Recipe from Bobby Flay’s Grill It!

1-1/2 pounds ground sirloin
2 tablespoons canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 ounces blue cheese, cut into 4 slices
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup watercress leaves
Red Wine-Onion Jam (recipe follows)
1. Heat your grill to high.
2. Shape the meat into 4 burgers, each 1-inch thick.  Brush with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.  Place the brugers on the grill and grill untl golden brown and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes.  Turn the burgers over and continue grilling to medium, about 3 minutes longer.  During the last minute of cooking, place a slice of cheese on top of each burger, close the cover of the grill, and allow the cheese to melt.  Remove the burgers to a plate and let rest while you grill the buns.
3. Butter the cut sides of the buns and season with salt and pepper.  Place on the grill, butter side down, and grill until lightly golden brown, about 30 seconds.
4. Spread mustard (a strong flavored mustard) on the bottom and top half of each bun and top with some watercress.  Place the burgers on top of the watercress and spoon some of the onion jam on each burger. Top with the bun tops and serve immediately.
Red Wine-Onion Jam
Makes 3/4 cup
Recipe from Bobby Flay’s Grill It!

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium red onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat the oil in a medium saute pan on the grates of the grill or on a stove top over medium-low heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.  Add wine, vinegar, honey, and thyme and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and let cool to room tempertaure.  The jam can be made 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  bring to room tempertaure before serving.


77 thoughts on “Blue Cheese Sirloin Burgers with Red Wine-Onion Jam

  1. Those burgers look fantastic – I love blue cheese And your own hamburger buns, that's awesome. Your guests are very lucky!You won the $20 gift card in my contest – hooray! Please come check it out and email me your home address so I can get that in the mail. 🙂


  2. Velva, I am impressed with those gorgeous hamburger buns. My mother occasionally would make homemade buns. I can still taste them. They were a zillion times better than bought.Your blue cheese burgers would be a hit at our house. Gorgeous photo too. I'll be right over. Save me one.Sam


  3. Your burgers are out of this world, Velva. The hamburger buns are perfect. Homemade make all the difference in a good sandwich. And I'm definitely going to try Bobby's onion jam recipe.Thanks so much for the link back to my blog. I really appreciate it.


  4. Great job with baking your own buns. The burgers look fantastic, love the Bleu cheese. Making a mental notes on the red wine onion jam, great recipe. Have a great day in the Florida sun. I am off to Miami Beach with the wifey. Who knows I might just grab a bruger. Not anywhere as good as your though!Cheers!


  5. Haven't we had such beautiful Florida weather lately? I love the combination of flavors you have going here. Of course I love love love blue cheese on beef. I'm impressed with making your own buns too. They turned out beautiful!


  6. Velva, those are some great looking burgers and they would go fine. We may or may not have burgers on the grill tonight, depending upon the rain. I have some onion jam, it and the cheese would work beautifully. Thanks for the recipes!


  7. Blue cheese is the bomb on a burger! Your buns look so light and fluffy too:D Bobby Flay is big time foodie crush and you can always count on him to deliver big flavor.


  8. Thanks for showing us your buns! (ha ha)I love the burger and blue cheese, a perfect pairing. I'd have to try the sauce before I covered my burger with it though. Blue cheese is strong enough for me, so I go light with sauces.


  9. That burger looks amazing. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Funny thing is I was just thinking of burgers with blue cheese on them (no clue why), then I came to your post and saw this burger..strange, huh. I am so glad I stopped by because I will defintely have to make these this week. I must say I am a little jealous about how nice your weather is, though..LOL..just kidding.


  10. Hey Velva,I hope you don't mind if I take your recipe and use a bean burger instead 🙂 I love blue cheese and the jam sounds wonderful. Thanks.


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