Summer cooking is some of our family’s favorite. It’s not too fussy and Josh is always eager to fire up the grill, which means less for me to clean. It’s a win win! Cooking and baking is something that we do a lot of in this house and I haven’t always been very diligent in sharing that with you. I’m stating it now so that you all can hold me to it, I’m going to be sharing more recipes each month here on SMD. Its been my goal to always keep this blog a reflection of our home life and style. What we love to eat is a big part of that. I look forward to sharing more of our favorite recipes in the future!
Today I want to share a summer favorite with you. Some of you know that Cafe Intermezzo is one of my all time favorite restaurants. Much of it is french cuisine and offers a brunch through dinner with delicious coffees and desserts. Not too long ago Josh and I had a date night and we ended up in my beloved Cafe Intermezzo for dinner. One of their newer menu items was a burger with brie and onion jam. Josh ordered it and we both fell in love! I knew I would have to try and replicate it at home. Just a week later I had it figured out or close enough at least.
We typically purchase four fresh hamburger patties from Trader Joe’s and Josh grills them until they’re about medium. You’ll can cook yours however you prefer. Just before he starts grilling the burgers I make the onion jam. This step can take 15 minutes or so. It’s best to do it first.
Once the burgers are done, top with brie slices and onion jam. I took these photos before the cheese even had time to melt. The brie will melt and it covers the burger really well. It’s oh so good, friends! I’m not even a big hamburger person and I love these!
Burgers with Brie & Homemade Onion Jam
- 1 lb. Ground Beef shaped for burgers
- several slices Brie Cheese
- 2 Red Onions Peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/8 cup Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- 1 cup Dry Red Wine We use Merlot
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
In a medium saute pan, heat the oil until it begins to smoke lightly. Then add the onions and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Saute the onions until they give up their liquid, about 3 to 5 minutes, and then add the red wine. Lower the heat and cook the onions until the wine reduces almost completely.
In a separate small pan, heat the honey on low to medium heat until it begins to bubble. Cook until the honey turns a light caramel color, an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the red wine vinegar, simmer for a few minutes on low heat, and then shut the heat off. Pour the honey mixture over the onions and continue cooking them over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. All of the juice should be absorbed and the onions should be a jam-like consistency.
Pour into a bowl and let rest.
Season and cool hamburgers as desired. We salt and pepper both sides and grill until they are medium done.
Once the burgers are done top with mayo, sliced brie and onion jam.
The homemade onion jam really makes this burger. The recipe makes plenty for four hamburgers plus some. It’s super versatile and could be used with other recipes as well, from a panini to grilled cheese to salad. It adds so much flavor and color to whatever it’s paired with. I just know you’re going to love it as much as we do! Let me know what some of your favorite summer time recipes are and if there’s anything recipes you’d like to see us share. Have a wonderful summer and happy grilling!