B is for balsamic, beef, and burgers. Which come together beautifully in these deliciously simple (and simply delicious) balsamic burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, feel free to kick it up a notch and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of your favorite turkey, chicken, salmon, or veggie burger.
Burgers and I go WAY back.
They were one of 5 things that I ate as a child, along with french fries, spaghetti, meatloaf, oven fried potatoes, and bologna and pickle roll-ups. (Yeah, I know that last one sounds disgusting. I was teased endlessly for it as a child.)
I even ordered a burger and fries at a 4-star French restaurant, much to my parents horror, because that’s what I wanted. They made me a burger with ground filet mignon and the most incredible pomme frites I’ve ever had in my life. So… I clearly made the right choice.
My parents may have been frustrated by my lack of culinary exploration, but I was happy as a clam.
My love affair with burgers took a brief hiatus when I (reluctantly) went vegetarian. I tried to replace it with a few dozen veggie burgers, but it just wasn’t the same.
I HAD TO GIVE UP KETCHUP.
Burgers just weren’t the same.
I also had to give up regular french fries, and most sweet potato fries because they were cooked in the same oil with the regular fries. Which made burgers a little less appealing still. But the clincher? Not being able to have a bun. Because the gluten-free options just plain killed any interest I had in burgers, my friends.
Let’s just say there are SO MANY more options now than there were 6+ years ago. Gluten-free buns are exponentially better and more readily available in restaurants. Aaaaand … I have learned to love a good burger without it being smothered in ketchup.
Afterall, one can smother a burger in lots of other things.
Or a lip-smacking good balsamic glaze, like this one.
Thank you, balsamic burgers, for restoring my faith in my beloved burgers once again.
B is for balsamic, beef, and burgers. Which come together in these deliciously simple (and simply delicious) balsamic burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, feel free to kick it up a notch and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of your favorite turkey, chicken, salmon, or veggie burger.
15 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar (brown, coconut, cane)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbs dried minced onions
- 1 tbs dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder (or minced fresh)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
- Combine balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue stirring, occasionally, until sauce has reduced by about half — should take 10-15 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients (ground beef through balsamic vinegar) in a large mixing bowl and use hands to mix until all ingredients are combined. Do not overwork the beef or your burgers will be tough and chewy.
- Form into desired number of patties (I typically make 4).
- For the grill: Get grill nice and hot (450-500°F) and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 3.
- For the stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until desired level of pinkness.
- Put on bun (or lettuce wrap, or plate) and drizzle with glaze. Add favorite toppings and devour.
Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, and soy free.