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Fancy Balsamic Burgers with Goat Cheese on Ciabatta

May 7, 2013

So my husband floored me the other day, being the can’t-boil-water-noncook that he is, by requesting a hearty burger topped with a balsamic reduction and caramelized onions on Ciabatta.  Wha? Huh?  Who are you and what did you do with my husband?!  Being the awesome wife that I am, I said I’d pick up the stuff I needed at the mega mart and make them on the approaching weekend. I’m so glad I did too! These were great.  He’s not particularly a big cheese lover (like I am!) but I added the cool tang of goat cheese to top these just to set off the rich sweetness of the reduction and onions.  Sublime!  Just what it needed. So without further ado, here is my husband’s masterpiece… lovingly prepared by me.


  • 1 to 1-1/2 lbs ground beef, get the fattier kind – less shrink, moister and more flavorful
  • Salt & Black pepper to Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 yellow onion, large dice
  • 1 tablespoon goat cheese for each burger
  • 4 Ciabatta rolls, halved, buttered and toasted on the grill


Ok, make your patties. Add your water, Worcestershire sauce and onion powder to the meat. Mix and form into 4 patties. Pre-heat your grill. If cooking inside, please use a cast iron pan; it will give it nice flavor.

Big Burgers on the Grill

In a small sauce pot, pour in your vinegar and sugar. Give it a quick stir and place over medium high heat, once it simmers turn it down to medium and let reduce by at least half. The longer it reduces the sweeter it gets but the less you have for your burgers.  Get a tablespoon of bacon fat or olive oil (if you must) and sauté your onions until clear. Reduce the heat and caramelize until desired color is reached – this takes about 20 minutes!

Onions and Balsamic Glaze

Go ahead and cook your burgers. Split some Ciabatta rolls and butter the cut sides. I add a little garlic salt and throw these on the top rack of my grill for 3-5 minutes while the burgers finish.

Toasting Buns

Assembly: Place your burger patty on the bottom of the bun, top with onions, pour over balsamic glaze and top with a table spoon of goat cheese. You can spread the cheese on the top bun for higher structural integrity if you wish.

Now nosh!  These are really very good. A lot of prep for a burger, but worth it. You’ve got your sweet, salty, tangy, and crunchy all rolled up together. Mmm!

Balsamic Burger



One Comment leave one →
  1. May 31, 2013 11:20 AM

    These sound amazing!

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