Pairs perfectly with our 2017 Sunstone Estate Syrah
Sunstone Smash Burgers with Cheddar and Grilled Onions
16 thin bread and butter pickles
4 brioche buns, toasted and buttered
1 ¼ lbs. ground beef chuck, (at least 20% fat)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 small onions, sliced paper thin
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
*Simple Garlic Aioli
*Simple Garlic Aioli Recipe
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
Heat a cast-iron griddle until very hot.
Loosely form the ground beef into 4 balls, without over-working the meat. Place the giant meatballs on the hot griddle and cook for about 30 seconds, then using a firm metal spatula, flatten each ball into a round patty. Season liberally with salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes, or until it’s well-seared.
Top each burger with a good handful of sliced onions. Using the spatula, carefully flip each burger so the onions are on the bottom.
Top with the cheese and cook for 2 more minutes. Cover the burgers with a lid to help melt the cheese until it’s gooey.
Spread a bit of the garlic aioli onto the buns, top with the pickles and then transfer the burgers onto the buns and serve.