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Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Food Styling: Randy Mon
Total time 50 mins

Serves 4

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.


  • 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
  • Lettuce

Nutrition Information

  • calories 681
  • caloriesfromfat 43 %
  • protein 34 g
  • fat 33 g
  • satfat 11 g
  • carbohydrate 61 g
  • fiber 11 g
  • sodium 963 mg
  • cholesterol 103 mg

How to Make It

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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