Turkey Sliders with Red Wine Caramelized Onions

Roasted red onions and caramelized wine, mixed with traditional ingredients like garlic, thyme & rosemary.

The “how to caramelize onions fast” is a recipe that will make your turkey sliders with red wine and the caramelized onions. This recipe requires no cooking skills, but it does require you to be patient.

Meet these sophisticated game-day buns: Red wine caramelized onions, crumbled goat cheese, and arugula top rosemary-infused turkey sliders!

If you’re anything like me, every chance to cook or bake with booze is a bonus. I’m not a fan of kitchy sayings on wall hangings, but whomever came up with “I love to cook with wine.” I even put it in the food!” is a stroke of brilliance. So when the chance to create a dish utilizing Garnacha wine arose, I jumped at it.

At my last employment, one of the many odd jobs I had was hosting Wine Wednesday every week at our market. This involved selecting 2-3 wines for clients to sample (and myself). I had no prior expertise with wine tasting when I first began. But that was about it. I could distinguish the difference between white and red. However, I was picked because the wine steward had resigned and the firm was in a bind. I went from being the girl who simply stood next to the wine and appeared to know what she was doing to the chick who poured and chatted about the wine and claimed to know what she was doing because I helped him every Wednesday. 

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My taste started to detect distinct aromas and nuances after weeks of sampling wines from all around the globe. I could tell the difference between a California Cab Sauv and a Bordeaux. I discovered that herbaceous Sauv Blancs were preferable than dry, juicy Pinot Grigios. I could also taste a wine and give it a very accurate flavor profile.

Garnacha, a Spanish variety grown all over the globe, became one of my favorite red wines. Garnacha’s versatility is what I enjoy most about it. It has a low acidity level and a deep crimson fruitiness with a hint of spice. It’s supposed to be enjoyed with people in the same way that many other Spanish wines are. It’s what you’d call a table wine, a wine you’d cheerfully place on your table since it pairs well with nearly everything.

It’s also a moderately priced wine, with bottles ranging from $10 to $20. I mean, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, Is there a nice wine for less than $20? Thank you for your time and consideration.

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So, in honor of Garnacha Day, which is coming up on September 18th, I’ve made these delectable turkey sliders with caramelized red onions and goat cheese. The rosemary taste of the burger pairs well with the grassy goat cheese and sweet caramelized onions.

But it’s the red wine caramelized onions that steal the show here: adding Garnacha gives the onions a richness and depth that caramelization alone can’t match.

Last week, Rebe and I were eating these sliders with our cousin and I couldn’t stop saying, “Guys, how wonderful are these?” “But they are SO wonderful, right?” says the narrator. I mean, based on the fact that we ate them all in one night, I’d say yeah, they’re incredible. Perfect for your next game day snacks (how about the Patriots last night?!). If you can’t wait that long, it’s also great for a regular meal.

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Ingredients

For the onions caramelized

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 big sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • a half teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 quarts Garnacha

To make the turkey burgers, combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl

  • 2 soft bread pieces, crusts removed
  • 1/3 gallon of whole milk
  • 1 pound turkey breasts, ground
  • 1 big room-temperature egg
  • a quarter teaspoon of salt
  • a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary (dried)
  • 8 toasted slider buns
  • 8 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • arugula, to be used as a garnish

Instructions

Cook the onions until they are caramelized.

  1. Heat the oil in a big pan (cast iron recommended) over medium heat until it sizzles, then add the onions. Reduce the heat to low and season with salt. For 1 hour 30 minutes, stir the onions every 5-10 minutes. Pour in the wine after the onions have become a light golden color and are sticky. Because this time may vary depending on your cooktop, go by the color of the onions rather than the exact time. Stir in 1/2 cup of wine every 5 minutes until you’ve put in 1 1/2 cup. The onions should become a gorgeous magenta-red hue, which will intensify as they simmer. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, then turn off the heat. The onions may be kept in the fridge for up to four days.

Prepare the hamburgers.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the bread and milk, allowing the bread to soak up the milk. With your fingertips, mash it up a bit to make a moist paste.
  2. In a large mixing basin, thoroughly combine the other ingredients with the soaked bread and milk. Form into 2 oz. patties that are about 3/4′′ thick (tip: to get even burgers each time, divide the mixture in half, then each half in half, then those halves in half for 8 equal pieces). Allow for a 15-minute marinate period to allow everything to come together.
  3. On medium heat, heat a big flat-bottomed pan. Cook the sliders for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they are thoroughly done.
  4. Place a patty on a toasted slider bread to assemble. 1 ounce goat cheese, 1-2 tablespoons red wine caramelized onions, and arugula are served on top. I also smeared some dijon mustard on top, which gave it a great kick!

Wines Of Garnacha has generously sponsored this content. All of my thoughts are my own!

 

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