The food: Burgers are a staple around our house because they are cheap and easy. Eating the same-old plain Jane patty with a slice of cheddar and some ketchup, however, gets old after a while. After trying many gourmet burgers at restaurants, we decided it was time to get a bit more adventurous at home. On a lark, my boyfriend mixed some jalapeño pepper jelly in with ground chuck, and we were excited to discover it added a wonderful sweetness to the patty. The next time we grilled, we kicked up the flavor even more by topping the burgers with sweet caramelized onions and tangy Gorgonzola cheese. This is, simply put, a damn delicious burger. Damn. Delicious.
The music: When discussing artery-clogging burgers, it’s pretty easy to draw a musical comparison to Elvis Presley, especially in his older, heavy-set years. Just as I think this jelly burger with caramelized onions and Gorgonzola is a burger at its best, I believe “As Recorded at Madison Square Garden” is Elvis’ finest work. For the record, I’m much prefer leisure-suit Elvis to blue-jeans Young Elvis. That said, this 1972 live album is sure to please any Elvis fan. It has back-to-back hits, many pared down to one- to two-minute rockin’ versions. His amped-up and breathless versions of everything from “Love Me Tender” to (my favorite) “Suspicious Minds” will make even the crabbiest person crack a toothy smile. Best of all, listen as Elvis thanks the band and gives this very funny shout out: “The guy that brings me my water and my scarves…his name is Charlie Hodge.”
The depth of flavor in this burger is truly fantastic, from the sweetness of the jelly in the patty itself and in the tender onions to the pungent cheese. There are great textures at play, as well—the firm burger, melt-in-your mouth onions, creamy cheese, and equally crispy and soft grilled buns. Serve the burgers with a side of sliced and grilled Yukon Gold potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic. It’s a simple dinner that will please even sophisticated palates.
Love grilling? Try my recipes for Steak with Gorgonzola Butter or Spicy Shrimp Skewers, too.
- 1 lb. ground chuck
- 1/3 cup jalapeño jelly
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small white onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp. oil
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Pinch of granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. Gorgonzola cheese
- 1 tsp. butter
- Light grill.
- Mix jelly with ground chuck and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide into four equal-size patties.
- In a small skillet, cook onions in oil over low heat. Add kosher salt, sugar, and butter. Stir occasionally. Cook until brown and soft, about 30 to 40 minutes.
- Grill burgers to desired heat.
- Top each patty with an equal amount of onions and cheese. Serve immediately.
Oh my goodness, these sound so good!
I am going to try this! Sounds delicious.
Thanks, Robin. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it!
These sound amazing!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Amanda!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Natalie!
I am all about a good burger 🙂 This looks so good!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Cathleen!
This looks amazing. Gorgonzola is one of my favorite cheeses — have you ever tried Gorgonzola on pizza? Yum!
As it happens, I have a recipe for grilled pizzas with gorgonzola coming up on the blog very soon! Thanks for reading and commenting.
You’re very welcome. I think I’ll have to try this next time I make burgers 🙂
Yum, yum & more yum! This just looks & sounds so good!
Thanks for linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere! Hope to see you again next week!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Amber!
Man I have always wanted to try pepper jelly, really lovet the combination of sweet and spicy. Can’t ever go wrong with caramelized onions
Don’t wait on the pepper jelly, Carmella! We made our own, but you can buy it at Trader Joes and other spots. Very good, and it works in so many dishes (we also love to use it as a glaze on BBQ meats). Thanks for reading and commenting!
Love Burgers and this looks Amazing! Can’t wait to try. Saw you on the Blog Hop!
What an amazing burger! All the components of this together just sound delicious!!!
Thanks, Maria, for reading and commenting. I promise, this burger is delicious. I am craving another now!
This sounds so good! I’m happy to have found another use for pepper jelly. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!
This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls
These burgers are right up my alley! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Karly!
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Thanks for sharing! I’ll check it out.