Lets be “jammin” Burger with Glazed Cipollini Onion Jam

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Bright and full-bodied, this Zinfandel wine is a curious contradiction in tastes.


2 lbs. ground chuck
1 Tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1 Tsp chopped cilantro
1 Tsp Jamaican jerk seasoning
2 cloves garlic
1 Tsp Sea salt ( I like gray salt)
Glazed Cipollini Onion Jam
1 T. butter
16 Oz. cipollini onions peeled and quartered
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup Sutter Home White Merlot
2 Tsp honey
2 Tsp water
1 tbls chopped thyme
1 tbls salt
1 tbls black pepper
1 tbls Balsamic vinegar
2 Tsp vegetable oil for brushing on grill
6 Slices smoked Gouda
6 Onion Kaiser type rolls split
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
6 slices tomato



Preheat gas grill to medium high.

To make the patties, place the ground chuck in a bowl. Add the chopped parsley, the chopped cilantro and the jerk seasoning; crush the garlic with the salt to make a paste. Add to the beef mixture. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls.

To make the cipollini onion jam, place an 8” skillet on the grill. In the skillet melt the butter, sauté the onions until lightly caramelized, add the sherry, wine, honey, water, and thyme. Bring to a simmer, move the pan to the front of the grill to maintain a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook until the onions are tender when pierced 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thick. Remove from heat and add the balsamic vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Add the cooled mixture to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is a jam consistency.

Brush the preheated grill with oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and grill until browned on the bottoms, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the patties and continue grilling until done to medium about 5 minutes. During the final few minutes of cooking add the cheese to the burgers. Lightly toast the rolls cut side down on the grill rack.

To assemble the burgers, place the shredded lettuce, the cheese topped burger, and a scoop of the Onion jam. Top with the tomato. Place the top of the roll on the burger.