Balsamic Burger

by Kate on August 27, 2014

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Summertime at our house means that our grill is in constant use. I love grilling! When you don’t have central air and your window units just don’t cut it, being able to cook outside and not turn on the oven is a true blessing. I even like to grill dessert! Grilled dessert pizza anyone? But today it’s all about a classic. Hamburgers! This balsamic burger is a favorite in our household. This juicy burger is grilled to perfection and topped off with balsamic ketchup, grilled onions and slices of sweet Kerrygold Skellig cheese.

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I’m one of those people who grills outside almost all year. Snow, rain, no weather will keep me from my grill. But sometimes an umbrella in one hand or warm woolen mittens just won’t cut it and I’m reduced to making a burger in a pan inside. Fortunately, I am now the proud new owner of a T-fal OptiGrill! I am in love with this indoor grill. I’ve used other indoor grills in the past and I can tell you firsthand, this is a supreme culinary gadget. My favorite feature is the Automatic Sensor which senses the thickness of your meat and cooks it to perfection.

A little beep tells you once each cooking cycle begins and when your meat is rare, medium or well done. If that isn’t good enough, there’s a nifty colored light that let’s you know the doneness of your meat as well. This grill is practically foolproof! Each piece of meat you cook on your T-fal OptiGrill will be done in a flash and cooked just the way you like it every time.

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The grill is a nice size for cooking 3-4 portions depending on the size of your meat. But meat isn’t all this baby can grill. How about sandwiches? Panini anyone? Or grilled vegetables or perhaps even a dessert of some sort. My wheels are turning! To give my OptiGrill a spin, I cooked up this juicy balsamic burger topped and grilled onions. It took only a few minutes to grill both and before I knew it I was chowing down on this insanely good burger. Bite into this monstrous burger, juices will be dribbling down your chin and you’ll be licking that tangy balsamic ketchup off your lips. It’s SO good! No one at your dinner table will be talking beyond muffled “Mmm’s.” I like pairing this with Rainbow Roasted Potato Salad to round out the meal.

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I’d love for you to be able to give the T-fal OptiGrill a try too! I know you’re going to love it just as much as I did so that’s why I’m giving one away to a lucky winner! Just use the nifty Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win. **If you’re a mobile use, please be patient with the Rafflcopter, it tends to load slowly. Good luck!

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~ K

**Disclaimer: I received a T-fal OptiGrill at no cost to me for the purposes of a review. I was not compensated for this post and all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Balsamic Burger

Yield: 4-6

Balsamic Burger

A juicy balsamic kissed hamburger topped with grilled onions and Kerrygold Skellig cheese for the ultimate burger experience.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 10 slices Kerrygold Skellig
  • lettuce and tomatoes for serving, optional
  • Rolls


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and 2 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Mix well and form into 4-6 patties depending on desired size of burgers.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup and remaining 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Set aside.
  3. Place beef patties and onion slices on well-heated grill to desired degree of doneness. Top with slices of Kerrygold Skellig and allow to melt.
  4. Remove from grill and assemble by placing burger on a roll, top with grilled onion slices, balsamic ketchup, lettuce and tomatoes, if desired. Serve.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

ChristineM August 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

LOVE this recipe Kate! we love burgers, and I love that grill to do the onions, etc. Thanks for the share!!!


Barbara | Creative Culinary August 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I love this recipe too Kate; long a fan of balsamic and well, I will grill in the snow if necessary to get a good burger! 🙂


PassTheKnife August 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

What a cool grill! The burgers look great too!!


Bernard Ber March 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm

I hadn’t thought to put balsamic vinegar into a burger. Very nice idea. Thanks for mentioning that.


Kate April 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm

I’m glad you think so! I enjoy balsamic is so many things and this is certainly a tasty burger. Hope you’ll agree!


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