Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam

Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam |
  • Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam
  • Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam
Posted on May 26, 2015

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Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! Typical of New England, I was bundled in wool socks and a sweatshirt on Saturday. And then I rocked a bathing suit all day Sunday and Monday. Which makes no sense whatsoever. We have the strangest weather sometimes.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I was a grilling machine this past weekend. I know. I sound like a broken record lately with respect to the grilling. But hey, we’ve got to take advantage of these warm days and long nights while we’ve got ‘em. Am I right? I’m totally right.

While I’m developing a reputation for throwing absolutely anything and everything on the grill (salads! sides! desserts!), a good old-fashioned beef burger still holds the number one spot in my book.

And when I say “old-fashioned” I totally mean “over-the-top”.


Sliced tomatoes on a burger = boring. So I made up a savory-sweet tomato-shallot jam to spread on our buns (ha!) instead. And OH MY GOSH is this stuff amazing. It pairs perfectly with the smoky flavors from the grill. And it brings a much more exquisite tomato flavor to our burgers than ketchup could ever do.

And French fries. We are going to put them RIGHT ON the burger. I mean, life is short so why the heck not. If you want to be a total champion, you can whip up some French fries from scratch (go you!). But I just used some frozen ones that I popped into the oven while I was prepping the burgers. Easy peasy.

And of course, we all know that no burger is complete without the cheese. Blue cheese is my go-to for burgers, because there is just something about the tangy-ness of the blue cheese that does magical things in my mouth when paired with a burger. And Castello is making it even easier for us to get that “umami” factor that we all crave with their Castello Burger Blue. Conveniently sliced (um…if you’ve ever tried to slice blue cheese before then you know this activity can be a crumbly mess) and totally melt-able, with Castello Burger Blue you are on your way to burger perfection in no time! And my Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam is pretty darn perfect, if I do say so myself. So definitely make sure to check out Castello Burger Blue for all your summer grilling needs!



Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam

Serves 3-4

Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam


  • For the Tomato-Shallot Jam
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shallots, minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp. salt

  • For the Burgers
  • 1 lb ground beef (I used Laura’s Lean Beef 92%)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3-4 slices Castello Burger Blue
  • 3-4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • French fries for serving and topping


  1. Make the tomato-shallot jam. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and toss them in a bowl with the sugar. Let them sit at room temperature for about 1 hour, stirring once or twice during this time. Then heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes, any accumulated juices and the shallots. Cook, stirring frequently for 12-15 minutes, or until the jam is thick, glossy and the tomatoes are almost broken down. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Once cooled, the tomato-shallot jam can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 7-10 days. This recipe makes enough jam for 6-8 burgers.
  2. If you want French fries (trust me, you do) for serving and topping your burger, start them cooking during this time.
  3. Pre-heat your grill to high.
  4. Make the burger patties. Add the ground beef, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and about ½ tsp. salt and black pepper to a medium bowl. Using your hands, combine the ingredients together, being carefully not to over mix. Form the mixture into 3 or 4 patties, depending on your preferred burger size (I always make 1/3 lb patties = 3 patties). Sprinkle the tops of the patties with additional black pepper.
  5. Add the burger patties to your grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness. During the last minute, add one slice of Castello Burger Blue to each burger. You can also add your hamburger buns to the grill at this time if you want them lightly toasted. Remove the burgers and hamburger buns from the grill.
  6. Assemble the burgers. Spread some of the tomato-shallot jam onto the bottom half of each hamburger bun. Top with lettuce, burger patties, French fries and the top half of the hamburger bun. Serve immediately.


  • Now this is a burger! I’m loving the blue cheese goodness in here, Liz! And that tomato shallot jam sounds amazing! So creative and so delish!


    • Thanks, Gayle! This is my kind of burger too! 🙂

  • These look awesome! That jam sounds to die for and yesss to fries EVERYWHERE!


    • Fries everywhere is going to be my new motto! Love it!

  • This burger looks so stinkin’ yummmmmayyy! I really love blue cheese so I know I’d love this!


    • Thanks, Tori! I hope you try it out!

  • OK, this. This this this this. Just got some organic ground beef from Whole Fuuds and I know exactly what I’m doing with it.


    • Sounds like the best plan ever!

  • Awesome burger! It’s not even 10am and I’m seriously craving this one 🙂


    • Ha! Me too! Breakfast burgers are totally a thing, right?

  • This is my idea of burger heaven! That tomato shallot jam has got my name all over it!


    • Oh yeah, you’re going to love it Allie! Thanks, friend!

  • I have to admit, I’m a little jelly of your weekend…I didn’t fire up the grill once! Love this burger and that blue cheese on top looks amazeballs! Definitely the kind of burger I’d want to wolf down. Gimme dem fries!


    • SO MANY FRIES! And I want them all!

  • Your weekend sounds like so much fun… ! We’re still wear wool up here in the PNW – now that the clouds are back! hehe… Now I’ve gotta try blue cheese on a burger and this tomato shallot jam is… whaaaaa? Just adding that little extra somthin-somethin to burgers is the best! Love this Liz!


    • Oh the tomato-shallot jam is awesome. I love it on everything – burgers, grilled cheese and even just with a cheese and cracker plate. So good!

  • Yes! French fries on the burger! This is definitely my kind of burger. The combo of blue cheese and tomato jam sounds so good!


    • Thanks, Christin! I know you’ll love it! And yes – fries on everything!

  • This is one incredible burger, Liz — I love that jam and of course the bleu cheese slice! Great job with this recipe and your photos are gorgeous!


    • Thanks, Marcie! XO

  • This burger is killer and I need to try that jam ASAP. It sounds amazing.


    • You’re going to love the jam, Kathy!

  • Liz!!!! THIS BURGER is amazing!!! and the tomato shallot jam. . I am dying. Will definitely check out the Castello giveaway!!!


    • I hope you make up some Tomato Jam, Alice! 🙂

  • When I saw this bad boy floating around social media today, I knew I had to skip on over. This burger is everything I’ve ever wanted in life. You’re the best. 😉


    • No, YOU’RE the best. Can’t wait to be having a beer with you soon!

  • Well hello there, beautiful burger! How is my mouth watering – I just finished lunch!?! 🙂


    • If your mouth is watering, than I’m doing a good job! 🙂

  • YUM!!! And you putting French fries on top really sealed the deal!! Excellent life choice right there.


    • Totally seals the deal! And glad I can at least make one excellent life choice! Ha!

  • Oh my gosh I love the idea of the tomato-shallot jam! That is such a unique twist on the burger!


    • Thanks, Shelby! I hope you try it out!

  • Now this is one amazing looking burger! That melty blue cheese and fries inside are totally making my mouth water! Love the tomato shallot jam, it sounds so incredible!


    • Thanks, Kelly! I hope you get to try it out!

  • Ahhh, that tomato shallot jam!! I want it!! I’m also LOVING all the things that you are grilling right now. Makes me want to get a proper grill instead of relying on my lame grill pan!


    • You live in California, so I definitely think you need a proper grill. I mean, you can grill ALL YEAR LONG girlfriend! 🙂

  • Liz! OMG! I can barely contain myself over this burger! I must make your tomato shallot jam. Way better than tomatoes. And I sure do love bleu cheese. Yum!


    • Definitely way better than tomatoes! I hope you try it out. Hint: it’s awesome on a grilled cheese too!

  • Ahhh, this sounds so yummy! I am drooling. Also so jealous about your grilling fun!!! We don’t have a grill at home, haha.

    I love the idea of a tomato shallot jam though, so creative!


    • Girl! Get your self a grill. Or at least a grill pan! Ha! I know you’ll love the tomato-shallot jam. It’s good on all kinds of sandwiches, or even just with cheese and crackers!

  • Good lawd u make a sexy burger!!


    • Ha ha. Thanks, Zainab!

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  • This looks delicious! Love the tomato jam 🙂


    • Thanks, Sabrina!

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