Blue Cheese Burger with Bacon Onion Jam
Bacon Onion Jam, you can smear this stuff on anything! But perhaps the finest execution is on a half pound burger with melty blue cheese, paired with Betz Family Winery's 2018 The Untold Story, Washington Blend. We've teamed up with the Betz Family Winery to bring you this epic virtual cooking and sipping event. And this isn't just any red wine. $5 for every bottle of 2018 The Untold Story sold goes to benefit Russell Wilson and Ciara's Why Not You Foundation, which helps solve food insecurities and provides resources to food-insecure families. The Betz Family and Homemade go together like burgers and red blends (and bacon onion jam!)!
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Ingredients for Bacon Onion Jam:
- 1/2 pound bacon, cut into lardons
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Betz Family Winery 2018 The Untold Story, Washington Blend
Ingredients for Blue Cheese Burger:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 ounces strong blue cheese, such as a gorgonzola
- 2 brioche buns
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup baby arugula
- salt and pepper, to taste
Procedure for Bacon Onion Jam:
- To a large skillet, add the bacon and turn on heat to medium. Cook the bacon, stirring for 5 minutes, until the fat renders and bacon starts to crisp.
- Carefully drain the fat from the pan, leaving about 1 tablespoon worth along with the bacon.
- Add the sliced onions to the pan and cook, stirring, for about 15 - 20 minutes, until the onions soften and become translucent.
- Stir in the brown sugar and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to cook until the sauce has reduced by half and thickened.
Procedure for Blue Cheese Burger:
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- Divide the ground beef into 2 equal pieces and form into patties. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with vegetable oil.
- When the pan is hot and just starting to smoke, add the ground beef patties and let cook for 3 minutes, then flip the burgers.
- Divide the blue cheese amongst the top of the burgers. Add a tablespoon of water to the pan and cover with a lid.
- Cook the burgers for an additional 2 minutes for medium-rare. Remove the burgers to a plate to rest.
- Add the brioche buns to the cast iron, cut side down, and cook for a minute, until lightly toasted.
- Build the burgers by spreading a tablespoon of mayonnaise on the bottoms of each bun and topping with half of the arugula. Next add the cooked burgers and top with bacon onion jam. Finish each burger with the top buns.
- Serve with a glass of Betz Family Winery 2018 The Untold Story, Washington Blend.