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Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese #SundaySupper

These Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese are everything you love about a classic burger, but with a major flavor boost.

It’s been one of those “everything falls apart” kind of weeks. It’s the busiest week of the year at my job, and of course, this is the week everything else in the world decides to go crazy. In the past 7 days, the Mr. has gotten stitches and a hacking cough, the back of our house has sprung a leak (and a disturbing patch of mold), I’ve locked my keys in my office, and the flowers have started audibly begging me to water them (at least, I think they have, but that could just be the lack of sleep talking).

Y’all it’s not pretty around here.

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When the Sunday Supper theme for this week was posted, I was pumped about it. I mean, who doesn’t love Labor Day, right? Cookouts, a day off from work, soaking up every last inch of summer’s sun. Plus, I knew these Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese would be perfect for the occasion.

But that was weeks ago, and the truth is, today I’m exhausted. My brain feels like a mud puddle. I can’t even think of one darn witty thing to say.

I thought maybe I should just cancel this post, cut out for the week, and take a break.

But here’s the great thing about Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper isn’t about being perfect. It’s not about having it all together. It isn’t about having a spotless house, flawless table settings, or a perfect hostess smile. Heck, it’s not even really about the food.

Sunday Supper is all about gathering. It’s about bringing people back to the table to talk, share, and eat together. It’s about connection, relationships, community–setting aside time to care for each other.

At the Sunday Supper table, everyone is welcome. Whether weary or energized, joyful or discouraged. There’s no dress code, no requirements. It’s just an invitation to come, rest, taste, be.

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The truth is, I need the table. We all do. We all need a place where we can come just as we are–brain mush and all–and be welcomed and loved.

So today, I’m not only bringing burgers to Sunday Supper, but I’m bringing me–the exhausted, stressed out, ragged, hair back in a pony tail, sweat pant wearing me.

And the burgers?…Well, they’re just an added bonus.

These Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese are everything you love about a classic burger, but with a major flavor boost. The red wine makes them taste ultra rich, while the goat cheese and caramelized onions add sweetness, texture, and tang. These burgers are the perfect bridge from summer to fall. They’re all fire charred summer days lingered with cool, dark red wine nights. These are easy to make (if you can stand to spend 30 minutes letting the onions caramelize) and plate really beautifully. Serve em on pretzel buns and the whole party will go crazy. Trust me.

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I want to take a minute to thank the other Sunday Supper members for creating this virtual table and for always offering a warm welcome. This is truly a special group, and I’m so thankful I get to be a part of it.

I hope this Labor Day you get a chance to share a supper with the ones you love. Come as you are. Taste. Share. Encourage. Laugh. Because that’s what Sunday Supper is all about.

Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese #SundaySupper

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 45 minsCook Time
Total Time 1 hr Total Time
Yields 5


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crumbled goat cheese, for serving
  • Hamburger Buns-- I recommend pretzel buns! I found mine at Kroger.


  1. Place wine and sugar in a sauce pan 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.


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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom September 1, 2013, 8:22 AM

    Wow! These look amazing. I’m glad you posted them. I hope the extra day helps. 🙂

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 1, 2013, 10:40 PM

      Thanks Marjory! It certainly will! I’m so glad there will be another day to relax.

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 1, 2013, 9:51 AM

    OMG! These burgers are just too much for me to take. So stunning! The flavors are beyond perfect. Hope they could compensate a bit for your crappy week Courtney!

  • Liz September 1, 2013, 12:00 PM

    Sorry about your rough week…I’m certain these burgers provided a bright spot! They sound amazing!

  • Sarah R September 1, 2013, 1:39 PM

    I’m glad you came to the table today, here’s hoping next week is better!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 1, 2013, 10:39 PM

      Thanks Sarah. I’m sure it will be. And I so appreciate all the support from this group.

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina September 1, 2013, 1:58 PM

    I’ll take two. Okay, three.

  • Renee Dobbs September 1, 2013, 3:04 PM

    Amen sistah on what Sunday Supper is all about!! And I spy the burgers I’ll be grilling for Labor Day. Oh yes, these are happening.

  • Chef Di September 1, 2013, 4:49 PM

    Love this post… and I, too, love what #SundaySupper is truly about! Fantastic recipe… YUM!!!

  • Shannon September 1, 2013, 5:20 PM

    Love everything about this! The red wine, the caramelized onions and my favorite, goat cheese. Yum!!

  • The Ninja Baker September 1, 2013, 5:23 PM

    Oh, my goodness,Courtney, you are rather incredible. With all the stressors in your life, you’ve produced a gourmet burger. A beautiful one with caramelized onions and goat cheese! Bravo!

    P.s. Looking forward to making a perfect crust using your tips. Nancy from Gotta Get Baked – another incredible lady – highly recommended your post so I’ve bookmarked it =)

  • Kathia Rodriguez September 1, 2013, 6:46 PM

    Oh my wow looks delicious.

  • cupcakekalechip September 1, 2013, 10:06 PM

    I love your sentiments – with two little ones, sometimes I want to back out because my recipe or photos aren’t perfect. Bt I love being part of the group, even though since the baby was born, I don’t get to tweet or comment as much as I used to. And these burgers! Oh my, these burgers! Pinning them and I seriously must make them since I adore beef, wine and goat cheese.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 1, 2013, 10:37 PM

      Thanks so much. It’s so great to have such a supportive group. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

  • Mary September 1, 2013, 11:10 PM

    your burger looks amazing!
    Mary x

  • Soni September 2, 2013, 8:12 AM

    I’m so sorry you had a bad week but you’re so right about this group that motivates us all to forget all our troubles and come together!Your burgers look and sound fantastic!I love the red wine in there and you’re right, they are the perfect bridge from Summer to Fall!!

  • Lily R September 2, 2013, 10:56 AM

    Wow I’m practically drooling looking at these pictures!! Goat cheese and red wine are a match made in heaven!

  • Nancy September 2, 2013, 11:31 AM

    Awww, Courtney, I know that feeling. That horrible, awful, ragged, bone-tired, exhausted feeling. I’m sorry to hear about all the craziness but I’m glad you had a bit of respite with these ohmahgawd delicious burgers (seriously, they look freaking amazing!) and pulling up a chair to the Sunday Supper table. I haven’t joined in all month and I really miss it. Fab post, girl!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 2, 2013, 10:06 PM

      Thanks Nancy. I had missed two weeks and was really missing it, so I knew I had to pull it together, even if my brain wasn’t happy about it. 🙂 I never regret it when I do.

  • Roz September 2, 2013, 12:01 PM

    I am SO glad that you visited my blog so that I could find and follow your BEAUTIFUL blog! I love, love, love these little burgs and saved them for making soon! It seems like all heck breaks out at one time doesn’t it? One thing about Labor Day, we really do need to stop and take a break from all that we work at. I hope that you enjoy your holiday and nice to ‘meet’ you again, Courtney through Sunday Supper!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 2, 2013, 10:05 PM

      Great to meet you too! I love when Sunday Supper brings new friends. Thanks for visiting!

  • Laura Dembowski September 2, 2013, 1:08 PM

    I hope this week will be better for you 🙂 We all have weeks like that. I think all meals where you sit down with your family (and really pretty much everything in life) isn’t about perfection. It’s about doing the best you can.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 2, 2013, 10:05 PM

      That’s exactly right. It’s so easy to get caught up in making everything perfect when the real purpose is simply to take time to eat together.

  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons September 2, 2013, 8:09 PM

    Ugh, so sorry for your bad week. I’ve been there, that’s for sure. And also, yeah….sometimes, there’s just nothing witty or interesting I want to say in a blog post. Sometimes I just want to say “ummm…hey…here’s this recipe. Cool? Bye.” hahaha.

    All of that being said, your burger looks absolutely delicious, and I bet it would make any bad week feel a little bit better!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 2, 2013, 10:07 PM

      That is EXACTLY what I’d like to do sometimes. So glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  • Kim September 3, 2013, 10:36 AM

    Don’t worry, I’ll take you. Sweat pants and all. Especially if you bring these burgers. Goat cheese and caramelized onions, whaaaaaaat?

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife September 3, 2013, 11:11 AM

    that is one beautiful burger!

  • littleredkitchen September 4, 2013, 1:01 PM

    You know how to make a burger! This is pure perfection and if I could I’d lick my computer screen!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature September 5, 2013, 4:44 PM

    These burgers… omg! They need to get in my life (ie my mouth!) immediately!!! Happy to have found your blog 🙂

  • Family Foodie September 7, 2013, 8:40 PM

    Love what you said about Sunday Supper! It really is all about the gatherings! So glad you are a part of it. These burgers look heavenly! Caramelized onions and goat cheese are two of my favorite toppings.

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day September 10, 2013, 4:49 PM

    This is beyond amazing, Courtney! I love these flavors together. Totally drooling!!

  • Debbie Schultz March 12, 2017, 5:16 PM

    These sound amazing! But i have a important question as id like to make them this week. Can you substitie red wine for a grocery store red cooking wine? Please get back with me soon. Thank you again


    • Courtney March 14, 2017, 10:57 AM

      That should still work Debbie! Good luck!

  • The Recipes Pk December 18, 2017, 11:51 AM

    I tried this recipe first time and my mom really loved it. Thanks for the recipe

    • Courtney December 18, 2017, 2:17 PM

      So glad! Thanks for coming back to let me know!

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