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Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

Serves 4

Total Time
50 mins

These are only quarter-pounders, but they look heftier because the meat is mixed with ground dried cherries (a powerful antioxidant) and a little bulgur. The seasonings and cheese take the cherries in a savory direction, keeping the burgers from being too sweet.

su-Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Food Styling: Randy Mon
 2 tablespoons coarse or fine bulgur wheat
 1 cup finely chopped onion plus 1 medium onion sliced 1/3 in. thick
 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 1 large garlic clove, minced
 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  Zest of 1/2 lemon
 2 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided
 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
 1 cup dried tart cherries
 1 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 pound lean ground beef or bison (90 percent lean)
 4 ounces brie cheese, thinly sliced to fit burgers
 4 sesame hamburger buns, split
Step 1

Combine bulgur and 1/3 cup boiling water in a 2-cup glass measure. Let stand 10 minutes, then microwave until liquid is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook chopped onion in 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until deep golden, stirring often, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in garlic, scrape into a large bowl, and let cool. Brush sliced onion with remaining 1 tbsp. oil and set aside. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. rosemary, and 1/4 tsp. pepper; chill.

Step 3

Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Whirl cherries in a food processor until they're finely ground and form a ball. Add them to chopped onion with remaining 2 tsp. rosemary and 1/2 tsp. pepper, the salt, and bulgur; blend well with your fingers. Add ground beef and mix gently but thoroughly. Shape into 4 patties, 1/2 in. thick.

Step 4

Grill onion slices, turning occasionally, until well browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Grill burgers, turning once with a wide spatula, until they no longer stick to grate and grill marks appear, 10 to 12 minutes total; about 2 minutes before burgers are done, top them with brie and grill the buns.

Step 5

Spread buns with mayonnaise; add lettuce, burgers, and onions.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 681Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g51%

Saturated Fat 11g56%
Cholesterol 103mg35%
Sodium 963mg41%
Total Carbohydrate 61g21%

Dietary Fiber 11g44%
Protein 34g68%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.