Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

These Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese are everything you love about a classic burger, but with a major flavour boost. The red wine makes them taste ultra rich, while the goat cheese and caramelized onions add sweetness, texture, and tang.


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1½ lb. ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crumbled goat cheese, for serving
  • Hamburger Buns


  1. Place wine and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil. Continue to boil (not crazily–turn down the heat if the boil is too wild) until the mixture is reduced to about ½ cup. This will take 25-35 minutes. Once reduced, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add the onions. Cook, stirring frequently until onions are a golden caramel color and very sweet. This will take 25-30 minutes. If the onions start to burn you can turn down the heat a little bit and/or add a sprinkling of water to the pan. Once onions are caramelized, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Preheat charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Once the wine mixture has cooled enough to touch, crumble the ground beef into a large bowl. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Stir in ¼ cup red wine and gently mix with your hand. Gently form the meat into 5-6 patties. Place patties on the grill and grill for 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked to your liking.
  5. To serve, place the burgers on split (and grilled, if you can manage it!) buns. Top with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and remaining wine sauce.