Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Burger Sliders with Goat Cheese & Blackberry Onion Jam

One of my favorite weekend activities, assuming I'm up in time, is heading to the Riverfront Farmers Market.  I love taking my time, perusing the fresh produce, flowers, herbs, breads and local products, buying whatever strikes my fancy and figuring out what to do with it later.

This weekend, I came home with vine ripened tomatoes, homemade blackberry jam, Nature's Way goat cheese (the best in my opinion), and of course I had to swing by Great Harvest for a fresh baguette and a big bag of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

With my farm fresh loot, I decided to make sliders two ways: first, I grilled the tomato and threw it on a classic American version, but the real star of the show?  My Sliders with Goat Cheese & Blackberry Onion Jam.

These sliders are total perfection.  The sweet, sticky onion jam, slightly crunchy with blackberry seeds, in contrast to the tangy, cool, semi-melted goat cheese?  I'm telling you, you need these in your life.

These sliders would be perfect for a tapas party or BBQ, or even full sized for a main course.

*1.25 lb. ground beef, 85% lean
* Goat cheese
*3c onion, thinly slice (two medium onions)
*1 tbsp. butter
 *1 tbsp. olive oil
*2 tsp. sugar
*1 tbsp blackberry jam
*1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
*2 tbsp. water
salt, pepper
*8 ciabatta rolls (I used frozen ones - perfect for sliders)

Begin by caramelizing the onions.  Heat a saute pan over medium heat, add butter, olive oil, and onions, and cook until soft and caramel in color (20-30 minutes), stirring often.  Once the onions are caramelized, stir in balsamic and blackberry jam, and season with salt and pepper.  If the mixture is too thick, add 2 tbsp. of water to loosen it a bit. 

To prepare the burgers, season the meat with salt and pepper.  Divide into 8 equal patties.  Preheat a griddle (you can also use a regular pan or grill) to high heat and cook the patties to desired temperature.  Top with goat cheese and onion mixture and serve on ciabatta rolls. Enjoy!


  1. These look delicious, I looooove goat cheese!!! FAB pictures!!!! XOXO

  2. these look amazing! I cannot wait to try them this weekend!

  3. this looking great and delicious i really like this.
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