Gourmet Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Grill: 10 min.


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 22, 2023
This recipe brings together many of the flavors my family enjoys, complete with a surprise in the center of each burger. You can use almost any cheese—Gorgonzola, feta, smoked Gouda, blue or another family favorite. —Aaron Shields, Hamburg, New York
Gourmet Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 jar (7 ounces) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • Mixed salad greens, optional


  1. Drain tomatoes, reserving 1/3 cup oil; set aside. In a large skillet, saute sliced onions in 3 Tbsp. reserved oil until softened. Add vinegar. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, chop sun-dried tomatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Add the red onion, seasonings and remaining 7 tsp. reserved oil. Crumble beef over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 16 thin patties. Place 2 tablespoons goat cheese on the center of 8 patties. Top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.
  3. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear, 5-7 minutes on each side.
  4. Place buns, cut side down, on grill until toasted, 1-2 minutes. Serve burgers on buns with onions, and mixed greens if desired.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Use a gentle hand when shaping the burgers. Overworking will make them less tender.
  • If the flavor of goat cheese is too strong for you, try provolone or fresh mozzarella.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 burger with 2 tablespoons onions: 596 calories, 32g fat (10g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 42g protein.