Red Wine Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onions

Side view close up of lamb burger on bun next to glass of red wine.

Red Wine Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese & Caramelized onions are perfect for the summer grilling season. The lamb burgers are seasoned with a red wine reduction, as are the caramelized onions, then they’re topped with creamy goat cheese and peppery arugula. Yum!

I teamed up with American Lamb to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Those of you who know me by now know that I love my wine. And while red wine generally takes a backseat in the summertime, I still love cooking with it! Red wine imparts such a great flavor to dishes, especially when you’re cooking with red meat and savory recipes.

This recipe for lamb burgers is a bit of a twist on my original Red Wine Burgers recipe. I’m swapping lamb in for the beef, and topping them with deliciously jammy, caramelized (red wine spiked) onions, creamy goat cheese and peppery arugula.

These Lamb Burgers are a flavor bomb.

Red Wine Lamb Burgers

There is absolutely no need to reach for an expensive bottle of wine when you’re making this lamb burger recipe. I used a Cabernet-Merlot blend from one of those jumbo bottles that you find in the grocery store, and then used the remaining wine to whip up a yummy red wine sangria. Which may just be a perfect pairing with these savory lamb burgers.

The plan of attack for getting lots of yummy red wine flavor into the burgers is creating a red wine reduction. It’s simple to do by simmering your wine with a bit of brown sugar for 20-30 minutes until it thickens up a bit and becomes concentrated.  Then, whisk in some butter. A bit of the red wine reduction will be added to the lamb patty mixture. The rest will be used to baste the burgers as they cook away. When they’re finished, they’re the most beautiful color and SO flavorful.

Side view of two lamb burgers arranged on plate next to bowl of caramelized onions and glass of red wine.I’ve mentioned before how I prefer cooking with American Lamb, but just to recap, here’s why I choose it over imported lamb:

  • By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local farmers and ranchers throughout the US.
  • Raising lamb in the US is a family affair with more than 80,000 family owned operations.
  • Sheep improve pasture quality by recycling vital nutrients back into the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging plant growth.
  • The majority of sheep in the states graze pastures for most of their lives.

Wine Pairings for Lamb Burgers:

  • Syrah
  • Cabernet
  • Zinfandel

Side view of two lamb burgers arranged on plate next to bowl of caramelized onions and glass of red wine.

Lamb Recipes:

Burger Recipes:

Side view of two lamb burgers arranged on plate next to bowl of caramelized onions and glass of red wine.

Red Wine Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onions

Red Wine Lamb Burgers with Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onions are perfect for the summer grilling season. The lamb burgers are seasoned with a red wine reduction, as are the caramelized onions, then they're topped with creamy goat cheese and peppery arugula. Yum!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Burgers:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 ½ cups red wine
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Caramelized onions:

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 large red onion (thinly sliced (about 2 cups))
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine

Instructions

  • Boil wine and brown sugar in a small skillet until reduced by half, 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted. Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the onions. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and salt and stir to combine. Cover and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine and stir, cover and cook about 10 minutes longer, until onion is caramelized and liquid has evaporated. Set aside.
  • Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Mix lamb, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup wine mixture in a bowl. Form meat into four patties. Grill until brown on bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and brush with additional wine mixture. Continue grilling until cooked to desired doneness, turning and brushing occasionally with wine mixture, 4-6 minutes.
  • Grill the buns, cut sides down, until lightly browned. Top bottom buns with burgers, then caramelized onions and arugula. Spread goat cheese on top buns and place on top. Serve immediately.
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Equipment

Skillet
Grill

Nutrition

Calories: 703kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1283mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2046IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 6mg

2 comments

  1. Leah

    5 stars
    We made these last night and they were absolutely delicious!! Well done!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you liked them Leah – They’re my husband’s new favorite!

      Reply

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