Marin Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Grilled Onions and Point Reyes Blue Cheese

Marin Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Grilled Onions and Point Reyes Blue Cheese
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About This Recipe

In the heart of Napa Valley, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, I often find myself inspired to create dishes that embody the essence of our beautiful region. One such dish that I am particularly proud of is my Marin Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Grilled Onions and Point Reyes Blue Cheese. This sumptuous burger not only captures the rich flavors and textures of our local ingredients, but it also pays homage to the farm-to-table ethos that is so deeply ingrained in our wine country culture.

As I embarked on my journey to create the perfect wine country burger, I knew that the key to its success lay in the quality of the ingredients. The grass-fed beef from Marin County offers a depth of flavor and tenderness that is truly unparalleled, while the Point Reyes blue cheese lends a touch of sophistication and creaminess that elevates this classic dish to new heights. The addition of sweet, caramelized grilled onions brings out the natural flavors of the beef and cheese, creating a harmonious symphony of taste that is nothing short of spectacular.

To truly do justice to this mouthwatering burger, it is essential to pair it with the perfect side dishes. I recommend a crisp mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, and a tangy red wine vinaigrette, or perhaps some rosemary garlic roasted potatoes. Both of these options provide a wonderful contrast to the richness of the burger and further celebrate the bounty of fresh produce that our valley is known for.

For dessert, consider indulging in a luscious blackberry cabernet sorbet or a delicate Meyer lemon tart with a gingersnap crust. These sweet treats not only complement the savory flavors of the burger but also showcase the abundance of fruit and wine that our region is famous for.

When selecting the perfect wine to accompany your Marin Grass-Fed Beef Burger, I recommend a bold, fruit-forward Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or a smooth, velvety Merlot. Both of these varietals will not only enhance the flavors of the beef and blue cheese but also provide a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the grilled onions.

As you source ingredients for this delicious dish, be sure to visit local farmers' markets and specialty shops. Places like the Napa Farmers Market and Oxbow Public Market offer a fantastic selection of fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and other specialty items that will elevate your culinary creations.

While you're in the area, why not take the opportunity to explore some of the region's renowned wineries? Visit places like Chateau Montelena, where the historic winery is nestled amidst lush vineyards and offers a variety of tastings and tours. For another delightful experience, venture to Frog's Leap Winery, which boasts a rustic, charming atmosphere and an array of exceptional wines. Finally, discover a hidden gem at Matthiasson Winery, where you can enjoy an intimate tasting experience amidst the picturesque vineyards.

As you embark on your culinary journey, I hope that my Marin Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Grilled Onions and Point Reyes Blue Cheese not only delights your taste buds but also encourages you to explore the many flavors, sights, and experiences that make Napa Valley so special. From the sun-drenched vineyards and fragrant orchards to the bustling farmers' markets and world-class wineries, there is a story and a flavor waiting to be discovered around every corner. Happy cooking, and cheers to your Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Marin Grass-Fed Beef

Grass-fed beef has grown in popularity among discerning diners, and Marin County, nestled in the heart of Northern California, is renowned for producing some of the finest. Marin grass-fed beef is not just beef—it’s a culinary journey in every bite. The cows are raised on lush green pastures, leading to a flavor that's richer and more nuanced than conventionally raised beef. Beyond taste, this beef is a testament to sustainable farming and a commitment to animal welfare. When you choose Marin grass-fed beef, you’re not just opting for a meal; you're embracing an ethos.

How to Perfectly Grill Your Burger Patties

Grilling the Perfect Burger Patties:

  1. Temperature is Key: Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. A hot grill ensures that your patties develop that much-desired crust, sealing in juices and flavor.
  2. Shape with Care: Don't compact the beef too much when forming patties. A gentle touch ensures a juicier burger.
  3. Season Simply: Grass-fed beef boasts a naturally rich flavor. A bit of salt and pepper is all you need to enhance its natural goodness.
  4. Mind the Time: For a medium-rare burger, grill for about 4 minutes on each side. Adjust the timing depending on your preferred doneness.
  5. Let it Rest: Once off the grill, let your patties rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist burger bite.


  1. Why is grass-fed beef a preferred choice? Grass-fed beef is leaner, richer in essential nutrients like Omega-3s, and offers a distinct flavor that many prefer. Additionally, it's a sustainable choice that supports local farmers and eco-friendly practices.
  2. Can I substitute another cheese for Point Reyes blue cheese? Absolutely! While Point Reyes blue cheese adds a creamy tang, you can swap it for gorgonzola, feta, or even a sharp cheddar depending on your preference.
  3. How should I store leftover burger patties? Cool the patties and transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze them individually on a tray before transferring to a freezer bag.
  4. What if I have a gluten allergy? There are many gluten-free bun options available today. Alternatively, you can serve the beef patty atop a bed of fresh greens for a low-carb, gluten-free option.
  5. Do I need a special grill or equipment to make these burgers? No, these burgers can be made on any grill, grill pan, or even a stovetop skillet. The key is ensuring consistent heat for even cooking.

Tips for Success:

  1. Quality Over Quantity: With a recipe that highlights local ingredients, always go for the best quality you can find. Freshness will make a world of difference in the end result.
  2. Don't Overmix: When combining your beef with salt and pepper, avoid overmixing. This can lead to denser patties. A light hand is best.
  3. Pair Thoughtfully: This burger has bold flavors—grass-fed beef, tangy blue cheese, and sweet grilled onions. When selecting wine or side dishes, look for options that can stand up to this flavor profile, such as a robust Cabernet Sauvignon or a fresh, acidic salad.

Recipe Overview

Marin Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Grilled Onions and Point Reyes Blue Cheese
Lily Anderson
4-6 servings
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Ingredients List


  1. 1 1/2 lbs grass-fed ground beef from Marin County
  2. Salt and pepper to taste
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  5. 4 oz Point Reyes blue cheese, crumbled
  6. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  8. 4-6 burger buns
  9. Fresh lettuce leaves
  10. Sliced tomatoes

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper, and gently form into 4-6 patties, depending on the size of your burger buns.
  3. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Grill the beef patties for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. During the last minute of cooking, add a generous amount of crumbled Point Reyes blue cheese on top of each patty, allowing it to slightly melt.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Spread a layer of this mixture on the bottom half of each toasted burger bun.
  6. Assemble the burgers by placing a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice on the bottom bun, followed by the beef patty with melted blue cheese, and a spoonful of grilled onions. Finish with the top half of the bun.

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