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Hawaiian Hot-n-Sweet Brie Burgers with Caramelized Shallots

I love food! With that said, you can take comfort that your hunger will soon turn to contentment when you take an enormous bite into one of my Hawaiian Hot-n-Sweet Brie Burgers with Caramelized Shallots! I could actually make the title longer, but it is already a "mouthful". This recipe comes from a few influences. One is my wife Stacy's favorite relaxation snack, which consists of a good piece of brie, some grapes and a nice healthly glass of Sutter Home White Merlot. It doesn't get much better than that... except of course, if you marry it with a hamburger! Yummy in the tummy! So it then came to me one night. I can adapt my already famous Hot-n-Sweet Burgers into a gourmet extravaganza like no other. Everyone has always loved my Hot-n-Sweet Burgers, even after they raise an eyebrow to the thought of putting grape jelly into the meat. But that is what made this recipe make so much sense to me. The jelly would be the grapes and I just had to add the wine and brie. The other big influence is an appetizer that Stacy makes when we entertain which is a big round Hawaiian Bread with the center hallowed out and filled with melted brie. So it only seemed logical to use the Hawaiian bread as the "bun”. I get so excited and hungry just thinking about it. Enjoy the process and take a big bite!


Caramelized Shallots
12 Shallots (peeled and finely chopped)
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
5 pounds ground chuck
10 fresh garlic cloves (minced)
1 3/4 tablespoons coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 large egg 1 1/2 cups Concord Grape Jelly
1/4 cup Sutter Home White Merlot
1/4 cup vegetable oil for brushing grill
1 1/2 cups Hot-n-Sweet BBQ Sauce
6 packages Hawaiian Dinner Rolls (4 dinner roll pack) Note: Each package will be 1 "bun"
13.2 ounces Brie (double cream brie wheel)


1. Prepare charcoal for medium-hot heat. 2. For caramelized shallots, in a medium cast iron skillet, combine shallots, sea salt and olive oil. Mix together until evenly combined. Set aside. 3. For burger patties, combine the ground chuck, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, bread crumbs, brown sugar, egg, grape jelly and white merlot. Carefully mix all ingredients together until just evenly distributed. Shape meat mixture into six equal squares. 4. Brush vegetable oil over grill rack. Place patties on rack and brush with BBQ sauce. Grill patties with top closed for 8-9 minutes. Flip patties and brush with BBQ sauce. Grill for another 8-9 minutes (or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees). Remove from heat and tent with aluminum foil to allow juices to redistribute. 5. Place skillet with shallot mixture in center of the grill. Allow mixture to bubble freely, stirring occasionally, until caramelized (approximately 6-7 minutes). Remove from heat and keep warm. 6. For Hawaiian Rolls, without separating the 4 attached dinner rolls, cut in half (there should be a flat bottom half and a raised top half). Repeat technique with remaining rolls to create 6 large square buns. Place the bottom and top buns on separate baking sheets. Remove excess wax from brie with a vegetable peeler. Cut brie wheel into six equal wedges. Mold each wedge into a square similar to size of bun. Place brie square on the underside of each top bun. Place baking sheet with raised top brie buns on grill and close top until cheese is melted (approximately 1-2 minutes). Set aside. Lightly grill the bottom buns directly on grill rack for 1 minute or until warm and lightly browned. Set aside. 7. To serve, place patty on bottom bun. Top with a heaping tablespoon of caramelized shallots. Finally, finish off the burger by placing the raised bun with melted brie on top. Repeat for other burgers. Makes 6 “BIG” burgers.


My family and friends enjoy these burgers by cutting them into four sections. This is easy, since the "bun" is sectioned into four dinner rolls. This also makes you feel like you have 4 burgers instead of 1!