Take your burgers to the next level by adding a little beer and serving them with delicious, homemade beer onion jam and melted cheese. Perfect for summer barbecues.
I’ve mentioned before about how much I like using beer as an ingredient in my cooking, so when Expedia asked me to create a recipe using a beer from one of their list of Britain and Ireland’s Best Regional Breweries I was more than happy to take up the challenge.
The Expedia list of Britain and Ireland’s Best Regional Breweries was compiled by award-winning beer & food writer and Beer Sommelier Melissa Cole. It features 15 breweries from around the UK & Ireland and provides an overview of each brewery, along with a link to the brewery site to find out more. If you’re a beer lover then many of the breweries offer tours where you can learn more about the process (with a bit of tasting along the way 🙂 ). Sadly North Wales seems to be lacking a brewery on the list so I’ll just have to wait until I’m visiting nearby one of the others.
Their chosen brewery for April is the Windsor and Eton Brewery which is situated in the shadow of Windsor Castle. I’ve used their Treason West Coast IPA for this recipe (which is actually made at their sister brewery, Uprising Brewery). Its big hop flavour goes perfectly with the meatiness of the burgers, however it would also go well in something such as steak and ale pie. If you’d like to buy some to try then it’s available in some supermarkets and also directly on the Windsor & Eton Brewery Website.
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Beer Burgers with Beer Onion Jam
For the beer onion jam
- 1 large onion - or 2 small onions, you can also use chopped frozen onion
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 240 ml Treason West Coast IPA - 1 cup
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar
For the burgers
- 500 g beef mince - preferably 10%+fat
- 60 ml Treason West Coast IPA
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 burger buns
- 4 slices of strong cheese - I used stilton but any other strong cheese should also work well
Make the beer onion jam
- Roughly chop the onion.
- Heat the olive oil (2 tsp) in a small saucepan and once hot add the onions. Cook the onions for 10 minutes on a low heat, stirring them regularly to ensure they don't burn.
- Add the Treason (240ml), apple cider vinegar (1 tsp) and sugar (2 tbsp) and mix. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the beer has reduced to a jammy consistency.
While the jam is simmering make the burgers
- I cooked my burgers in the oven but you can also cook them under the grill, in a frying pan or on a BBQ.
- Pre-heat your oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
- Put the beef mince into a large bowl. Add the other burger ingredients (60ml Treason West Coast IPA, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt). Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until fully combined.
- Divide the mixture into 4 and shape into burgers using your hands (it's a good idea to push down the middle. Burgers tend to puff up a bit as they cook so this will ensure they look more even when they're ready).
- Place on a wire rack over a baking tray and cook for 12-15 minutes until cooked through.
- Serve the burgers in a bun topped with cheese and a spoonful of the beer onion jam.
Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.
Free From/Suitable For…
For the burger
For the beer onion jam
- Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.