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Gourmet Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato

This irresistible gourmet burger recipe brings together many of the flavors my family enjoys, plus there’s a delicious filling in the center. You can use almost any cheese—Gorgonzola, feta, smoked Gouda and blue all work! —Aaron Shields, Hamburg, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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

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.

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