Cheddar Burgers with Grilled Red Onions

Bite into one of these extra-juicy burgers with delicious, gooey cheese mixed in. Cheddar is a natural partner for a burger, but any good melting cheese will work. Jack likes to pair this beauty with our new 2014 Addor Vineyard Zin!


  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 8 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 medium red onions, peeled, each cut crosswise into 4 slices
  • 2 large tomatoes, each cut crosswise into 4 slices
  • 8 hamburger buns

Break up beef in large bowl. Add grated cheddar cheese, bbq sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss to mix. Divide into 8 equal portions; form each into a 4 1/2-inch patty, pressing in center to form slight indentation. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.

Puree garlic in processor. With machine running, gradually add 1/2 cup oil; process 30 seconds. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.

Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush onion with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place burgers and onions on grill. Cover; cook 5 minutes. Turn; cook until onions are charred in spots and burgers are medium-well, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer to plate. Brush cut sides of buns with garlic oil. Place buns, cut side down, on grill; toast about 1 minute. Turn; cook until heated, about 1 minute.

Place burgers on bun bottoms. Top each with onion, tomato, and bun top.
Bon Appetite!

  • Recipe from Epicurious*