Sunday, April 25, 2010

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 www.thewiveswithknives.blogspot.com 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!

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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!

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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.

Enjoy!

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77 comments:

Susan Fields said...

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. :)

Big Dude said...

Great looking burger and the home made buns are sooo much better than the store bought - yours look excellent.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

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 hungry tummies said...

Very impressive! I must try your version of onion jam and perhaps baking my own buns the next time! :)

Meals by Misty said...

MMM MMM Good! I was just trying to figure out what to make for breakfast, but now I'm thinking more about lunch. Happy Sunday Funday!

Cathy said...

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.

Theresa Milstein said...

This looks delicious! There's something perfect about burgers with blue cheese.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Beautiful burgers and I love the onion jam. Will have to try it. Have fun...while I look out my window and it is snowing!

Sandi said...

Velva...that looks amazing!!! And you bake your own hamburger buns....I will now call you supermom....LOL!!!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

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!

Chef E said...

goodness! My dear how you are making me drool...and I made slider buns with my son...now I have to make these!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Those buns look so good! I suspect it will be hard to go back to store made ones (if you do).

Great burger combos, I'd love to enjoy the day with one of these :D

Marguerite said...

Sure wish I lived closer! Everything sounds and looks fabulous! And those homemade buns are "to die for"! Great job!

Claudia said...

Hooray for you and homemade buns. The burgersare indeed perfect - it's that jam that puts it over the top in the best possible way.

Andrea said...

I love homemade buns, it makes any burger better. Your burgers look out of this world. I'm greatly intrigued by the red wine onion jelly. delicous!

Lyndsey said...

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!

lostpastremembered said...

Love this onion jam of yours... your buns look amazing too... what a perfect grilling afternoon.

Pam said...

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!

Ana Powell said...

Oh, what a delicious and lovely gathering.
Awesome burgers and buns x

Pierre said...

hi velva
the bbq szeason will start soon here in Paris I can't wait !! Pierre

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a great barbecue! I love the blue cheese burgers. Homemade buns and the onion jam - oh my!

Foodycat said...

I'm drooling here! Yum! I made hamburger buns for the first time a couple of weeks ago too. I will never go back to storebought!

Pam said...

Everything looks so good! Complete with homemade buns and the onion jam!!!

Catherine said...

Wow this looks wonderful Velva!
I have an award waiting for you over at Living the Gourmet!
Cheers~

Kitchen Butterfly said...

The onion jam sounds fantastic! And I too am glad for great weather, we must start the BBQs of the season soon!

Sandi said...

Velva please come to my blog I have an award for you!!

Lea Ann said...

I saw these hamburgers look fabulous and I did see them over at WWK. Congrats on the buns, I'm impressed!

Kim said...

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.

Lynda said...

Delicious Velva! I'm going to make Cathy's sandwich rolls soon too..they look delish with your perfectly grilled burgers.

Chris said...

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.

Raina said...

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.

Faith said...

Velva you are amazing. I was in awe of you for that red onion jam, and then I saw that you made your own burger rolls...and oh my! Fabulous.

sweetlife said...

love your buns..haha, great job and the onion jam is something I must try, thanks for sharing

sweetlife

Dishesdone said...

Nice buns :) Your burgers look super. Onion jam and blue cheese, delicious combination! and top it off with homemade buns, just fabulous!

Elizabeth and Jared said...

Isnt blue cheese truly a gift from god? I went to Tasmania for easter and picked up a block of very special blue cheese. I'm planning on having it on a steak tonight. great bbq!!

Julie said...

It doesn't get any better than good food and good friends, does it? This looks delicious. Love the onion jam!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow this is my kind of burger I am really hungry now!!!

My Little Space said...

My goodness, the onion jam sounds so delicious! And I can almost smell the grill meats & sausages over here..mmm..mm... Absolutely mouthwatering!
Have a great day!
Cheers, Kristy

Rhonda said...

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.

Anncoo said...

Love the onion jam, looks super delicious!

Luigi said...

Inspirational.. but I should never read blogs on an empty stomach while at work, i'm salivating over my work.

Joanne said...

Go you! Those buns look fantastic. What I am truly drooling over is that jam, though. It is bookmarked and definitely necessary to make.

TKW said...

I'm always so jealous of your friends/neighbors when I see your Sunday soirees!

Heavenly Housewife said...

THese look so fabulous, and over the top delicious. I am feeling jealous that I didn't get one.
*kisses* HH

my boyfriend cooks for me said...

The red onion jam seems like a great way to take a burger up a notch...and I'm surprised how easy it sounds to make!

Fred said...

I do love your buns!!!

Holly said...

Looks so, so, so good!! The red onion jam-YUM!

Mary said...

Your blue cheese burgers sound delicious, but what I really love is the onion jam. That's a great recipe! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmm.. the red wine-onion jam sounds terrific!

teresa said...

if i could have anything for dinner right now, it would be those burgers! YUMMMMMY!

Martha said...

Everything sounds so delicious! I saw that bun recipe too and definitely plan to try it :-)

Bridgett said...

My goodness, can I come to your house? These burgers are heaven.

A Canadian Foodie said...

Isit b-b-q season - or what... but I a truly salivating as I read through this post. I love blue cheese....any kind. Just had the best Stilton in my life in London at Neal's Yard dairy... yummmm.

:)
Valerie

Kathleen said...

I still haven't tried making my own buns! Everything looks and sounds delicious beyond belief!!!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

You made your own burger buns? That's amazing! And of course, everything tastes better with blue cheese!

Mimi said...

Velva,

Great buns. Homemade bun are the only reason my family eats burgers. Once I make that onion jam they will have a second reason for eating them.
Mimi

Mags said...

Oh man, isn't it great to be outside and grilling again?

Your homemade buns look perfect!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh, that first scene has me wishing for outdoor parties soon! We just brought out some patio furniture but it's been a little too cool to eat outside recently.

What a great recipe! I can't wait to try those buns myself and the burgers with the red onion jam sound fantastic!

Stella said...

Ooh, Velva. I like that top photo-reminds me of happy picnics and such...
You might notice from my blog that I don't eat a lot of meat, but I remember my first blue cheese burger. It was so decadent. Yours look excellent, and I love that you made homemade buns (domestic goddess)...

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Well I hope you're entering this in a burger competition. I think Sutter Home does one every year online. You should submit!! This is making me drool and I just had a big breakfast!

http://meatandpotatoesfoodie.blogspot.com/

Lori Lynn said...

Your buns look awesome! What a great spread! Welcome warm weather!
LL

A Year on the Grill said...

a great post... love these a LOT!


i wanna grill!

The Duo Dishes said...

That jam sounds like one to try...perhaps alongside our bacon jam.

We Are Not Martha said...

Those burgers look awesome!! I've always wanted to try to make my own buns; yours look seriously perfect!

Sues

taylor (greens and chocolate) said...

Oh wow...those burgers look so good! That jam looks amazing as well!

Hungry Dog said...

You're so cool! I love the idea of making your own buns. Burgers look great and overall, sounds like a good time!

tasteofbeirut said...

Salivating! Not only at the burgers, which are amazing , but at the buns too!

a-man said...

Lovely bbq with interesting recipes.
Thank you for reporting.

So long!

LaDivaCucina said...

Wow, home made buns?! You give a Diva a lot to live up to! haha! Blue cheese burgers are my fave! Looks so yummy!

Keri said...

BOY OH BOY, you're obviously talking my language with these things of beauty! Too delicious! What a great blog. I'm really enjoying. Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean said...

That red wine onion jam looks and sounds fantastic. I'm vegetarian, so I'd probably top it on some veggie burgers or maybe even potato pancakes. Thanks for the recipe!!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I still have to make these buns.... thanks for the reminder!
Valerie

Fresh Local and Best said...

Yum! The red wine onion jam looks delicious!

Andy said...

Velva,

This definitely blows away my chicken & broccoli teriyaki burgers...

The combination of red wine onion jam and blue cheese sounds awesome! I bet it would go nice on lamburgers too (Andy had a little lamb).

-Andy

Karen said...

Sounds like a fun get-together! That onion jam sounds delish!

Chef Fresco said...

Yay for warm weather! The buns look so tasty! I keep wanting to try homemade buns!

Raina said...

Hi Velva. I made these tonight. They were delicious! Best burger I have had in a long while! Thanks!

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