just a little savory sweet burger

I have Recipe Runner to thank for this delicious edition of Just A Little Piece.  The honeyed goat cheese is so simple yet decadent and adds a sweet and tangy edge as a burger spread.  I’m also a sucker for caramelized onions and in my version I swap bourbon for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey (yes, I’m still making my way through the same bottle).   I’m stoked to share this recipe with you and introduce another great food blog but with a running edge just in time to make it part of your 4th of July barbecue plans.

I’m squeezing this in between getting ready to go horse camping in Cuyamaca State Park and tackling two escrows.  So far the escrows are steam rolling ahead and I’ve got a nice packing and grocery list started for the camping trip.  I’m in charge of an evening’s desserts, I’m thinking brownies and I have yet to find a better recipe than Savory Nothing’s World’s Best Brownies.  A true recipe for chocolate lovers and you really ought to throw out that box of brownie mix and make these instead.  It’s easier than you think, kiddos.

Okay so back to the burgers:


just a little savory sweet burger
Recipe type: Burger
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
A burger that has it all. It's a gourmet take on a classic favorite.
  • 4 of your favorite buns
  • greens*
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 shallot finely diced
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire
  • salt & pepper
  • 4-5 slices of bacon cooked up crispy (crispy because that's my favorite way)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced or sliced however you like your onion
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Whiskey
  1. In a bowl, combine ground beef with diced shallots, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Divide into four even parts and create your patties.
  2. For the spread, combine goat cheese, honey, and fresh thyme. I warmed my honey a little beforehand.
  3. Now for the onions!
  4. In a pan heat the oil over medium high heat and add your sliced onion.
  5. Once the pan is hot add in the sliced onions, salt, and black pepper.
  6. Saute the onion and add in the brown sugar once the onions have become translucent and tender.
  7. Turn the heat down to medium and continue to cook the onions until they turn golden brown, occasionally stirring to make sure they don't burn. Turn down the heat further if necessary.
  8. Add the Whiskey and saute for a few minutes more to cook out some of the alcohol. These onions will be a little bit sweet and savory just by themselves!
  9. Turn on that grill and get your patties cooking and don't forget to toast your buns for some added texture and help the spread just melt a little bit.
  10. Assemble your burger and enjoy!
I paired our burgers with Trader Joe’s Handsome Cut Potato Fries and as far as frozen fries are concerned, they’re pretty good.  I jazzed them up by cooking them in the oven in truffle oil and garnishing with a healthy sprinkle of sea salt, pepper, and about a 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

savory sweet

As a reminder, any ingredients marked with an asterisk are produce from Be Wise Ranch CSA.  I hope everyone has a terrific Independence Day!