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Bourbon Glazed Burger Recipe - Crossover Beef Blends™

What did the hamburger name his daughter? Patty. With that Dad joke setting the scene, it's the perfect time to fire up the grill and get the stovetop ready to make a mouthwatering burger for your Dad, or any special figure in your life, this Father's Day.

A Crossover Blends™ Beef burger glazed with bourbon, on a fresh bun with cheese and caramelized onions.


Caramelized Onions: 

2 yellow onions, thinly sliced 

2 TBSPs Kerry Gold unsalted butter 

1 tsp McCormick Organic dried thyme 

¼ cup BelGioioso crumbled blue cheese 


Bourbon Glaze: 

½ cup of your favorite bourbon, Woodford Reserve or Maker’s Mark are always good 

¼ cup of Primal Kitchen unsweetened ketchup 

2 tbsp Kikoman low sodium soy sauce 

1 tbsp local honey 

1 tsp Grey Poupon Dijon mustard 

1 tsp Lea and Perrin’s Worcestershire sauce 

½ tsp McCormick Organic garlic powder 

1 tsp Cholula (or your favorite) hot sauce 



2-3 tbsp McCormick dried minced onion 

Diamond Crystal Kosher salt (about 1 tsp spread over the 4 patties) 

Freshly ground black pepper (about ½ tsp spread over the 4 patties) 

4 Arnold Seeded burger buns 

Earthbound Farm Arugula 

4 slices of cheese 



Making caramelized onions: 

Start by placing butter in a cast iron pan on medium heat. After the butter has melted add the onions and thyme (If you have thyme for it). Sauté the onions until they are golden brown and remove from heat. Add blue cheese to the onions and mix them together. Keep warm.

“I feel the blue cheese is integral to the success of this dish, but if you can’t abide blue cheese, you can leave it out, or offer it on the side” - Chef’s Tip

Make your glaze: 

Over medium heat, place a large heavy bottomed skillet (Didn’t Queen write a song about this?) that will be big enough to add the patties after being cooked. Add the glaze ingredients to the pan and mix until smooth. When it starts to thicken turn off the heat but keep on the burner.


Cook your patties: 

Heat a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. (You can grill your patties if you prefer). After putting the patties in the hot pan, season with salt, pepper, dried thyme and minced onion. Cook the patties for 5-6 minutes, until the patty becomes juicy and flip. Cook until the burger reaches 165°F and place the patties in the bourbon glaze, then flip it a couple times to ensure you’re coating the entire patty.


Burgers, Assemble: 

Starting with the bottom bun, add a patty on top and place a piece of cheddar cheese on top. On top of the cheese add the caramelized onion and before covering with the top bun add a bunch arugula.


Our friends at The Town Cellar hand picked these delicious wines to accompany the burger build:

A lineup of different wines, suggested to pair with the bourbon glazed beef burger.

  1. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon  This Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine that started it all and set the exacting standards we hold ourselves to for all our varieties. Perfectly balanced and made to be shared, this California wine is round, juicy, and easily enjoyed.

  2. Josh Cellars Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel is the newest addition to our line of barrel-aged wines. We age our California Zinfandel in charred bourbon barrels for two months to impart a bolder, richer flavor.

  3. Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine 2020  This well-balanced Zin shows great integration between fresh fruit, oak influence and age. Enjoy notes of black cherry, black plum, bramble, forest floor, black pepper, charred wood, gravel and graphite carried by a palate filled with chalky tannins, modest acidity and generous alcohol. For the Edgy Dad: 

  4. Michael David Freakshow Zinfandel Step right up to see the Dazzling Fire Mistress light up the sky! Adding a softer, sexier side to Michael David’s band of Freaks, this medium bodied Zin spotlights wild berry and coffee aromas while flirting with notes of peppery spice. Flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and sweet tobacco amaze the tongue with a fruit-forward, tantalizing finish. Classic Cheapie: 

  5. 7 Deadly Zins Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel A sinful blend indeed! A vibrant, sweet bouquet of raspberry jam, molasses and cinnamon toast evoke the senses of carefree youthful nights. Excellent oak integration provides silken tannins and spice to pair with Lodi's unrestricted wild berry fruit.

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