Knicks Brunch Burgers with Balsamic Onion Marmalade

Thursday, August 6, 2009

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There’s a good, old-fashioned bar and grill in our neighborhood that Mr. SGCC and I like to frequent.  It’s called Knick’s Tavern & Grill. The food is good, the beer is cold and you can watch TV while you eat. Just like being at home!  Knick’s menu is pretty much what you would expect from that sort of a place – great wings, salads and burgers.  They also have quite a few unexpected and interesting offerings.

One of our favorite dishes to order there is Knick’s Brunch Burger.  It’s a Black Angus beef burger, served on a toasted pita and topped with a fried egg, hence, the name Brunch Burger.  I don’t know why, but there’s something about an oozey, gooey fried egg dribbling down over a big, juicy, meaty burger that’s just magic to me! 

The other night, I decided to recreate Knick’s Brunch Burger at home.  I used a combination of ground chuck and a ground Black Angus ribeye.  I didn’t do much to the meat except add some grated sweet onion, salt and pepper.  When you start with such a great quality beef, why mess around?  Of course, I had to add my own little stamp of originality to the recipe, so I also made a batch of Balsamic Onion Marmalade from Tom Colicchio’s new cookbook, ‘wichcraft to go with the burgers.

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Let me tell you, that marmalade is wicked good stuff!  The onions are caramelized and then simmered in balsamic vinegar for what seems like forever, until they turn into a soft, silky, smoky and sweet mass of lusciousness. The balsamic reduction adds a little tangy pop of flavor that really balances out all that warm richness of the beef and the egg.  I also put a slice of cheese on top of these, because Mr. SGCC won’t eat a burger without it.

The next time you’re in the mood for a burger, you have got to try one of these.  They are literally heaven on a plate!  I only wish I had more photos to share with you.  Everyone was clamoring so loudly for these, I was lucky to snap the few shots I got!  (I could be wrong, but I think that Mr. SGCC was actually growling at me!)

Enjoy!

35 responses to Knicks Brunch Burgers with Balsamic Onion Marmalade

  1. On August 06, 2009 at 9:08pm, Jen @ MaplenCornbread said...

    This sounds amazing! Way to recreate a Knicks favorite! that marmalade recipe looks good!!!

  2. On August 06, 2009 at 9:19pm, Kristen said...

    Susan, that is a fantastic brunch idea. I love that Mr. SGCC was growling, I can see that happening at my house to :) OMG The ribeye mixed with chuck must make one tasty burger!

    • On August 07, 2009 at 1:43am, Susan said...

      Lol! Mr. SGCC is a bona fide caveman when it comes to his meat! Whenever I make burgers I always add some ground ribeye or tenderloin. It really makes a difference.

  3. On August 06, 2009 at 10:01pm, Phoo-D said...

    Oh my Susan this looks incredible! I think I would lose an arm if I delayed getting this on the table too long! We love our juicy burgers around here too.

    • On August 07, 2009 at 1:45am, Susan said...

      Hehe! These were pretty darn great. Even my “no. red. meat. ever.” daughter ate one – and loved it! :D

  4. On August 06, 2009 at 10:24pm, Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said...

    What a delicious, mouthwatering burger! I love the look of the egg on top and the Balsamic Onion Marmalade sounds fantastic!

  5. On August 07, 2009 at 1:04am, Rosa said...

    OMG, they look so scrumptious! I’ll have one of them babies for breakfast, please ;-p!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. On August 07, 2009 at 1:19am, Trudi said...

    Yum.. try adding bacon, pineapple and beets as well

    also just a bit confused as marmalade is made with some kind of citrus fruit.. so why is this called a marmalade with this main ingredient omitted?

    • On August 07, 2009 at 1:47am, Susan said...

      Ah! Bacon! Definitely will do that next time. I don’t know why Colicchio calls it marmalade. It could be because the texture of the finished product is very similar.

      • On August 07, 2009 at 4:51pm, Stash said...

        Marmalade can be made with ingredients other than citrus. English usage (UK, US) associates it with citrus fruits, however the word “marmalade” is synonymous with any type of conserve, jam or preserves. For instance, see tomato marmalade and ginger marmalade.

        If you don’t include balsamic vinegar and sugar, and if you lengthen the cooking time, it becomes onion confit. I believe Chef Colicchio has a recipe in “Think Like a Chef” that includes chicken stock and white wine vinegar; I usually make mine in a crockpot with butter, olive oil, demi-glace, thyme and white pepper. It’s a delicious alternative.

  7. On August 07, 2009 at 3:25am, Coleen said...

    What a mouth watering photograph!!!!!!!!!!

  8. On August 07, 2009 at 4:36am, snooky doodle said...

    oh this burger is to die for. Pity I cant eat it off the screen. The marmalade sounds delicious!

  9. On August 07, 2009 at 9:41am, grace said...

    a burger for brunch? yeah, i could get behind that idea, particularly if it involves something so appetizing as onion marmalade—that’s sounds ridiculously tasty! awesome food porn, susan. makes me want to sink my teeth into my screen, and i’m not even close to kidding.

  10. On August 07, 2009 at 11:44am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I love that onion marmalade. I made something similar a few years ago that I put inside quesadillas and I had a hard time not eating it all before I had a chance to put the quesadillas together and serve them.

    That burger looks just luscious. I feel like I need a napkin just imagining biting into it with the egg and the juices just dripping down. Yum.

  11. On August 07, 2009 at 12:29pm, patsyk said...

    Oooh… I’ve been coveting Tom Collichio’s cookbook for awhile now! That marmalade may have just done the trick … heading over to Amazon today!

  12. On August 07, 2009 at 1:47pm, The Food Hunter said...

    That looks so good!

  13. On August 07, 2009 at 7:18pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    That marmalade sounds amazingly good! That burger looks fantastic! I love the idea of a fried egg on a burger. YUM

  14. On August 07, 2009 at 11:07pm, LyB said...

    I can’t believe I’m the first to ask, but, how in the WORLD did you get that egg to look so perfect??? It’s a freakin’ mirror Susan! Burgers look fantastic, I can see why everyone wanted to eat them and not just look at them. ;)

  15. On August 08, 2009 at 12:02am, Donna said...

    Oh ya Susan I’ll be making that one and the balsamic vinegar… YUMO!!! I think that would taste great on many things… Have a FUNtastic day!

    (((HUGS))) Donna

  16. On August 08, 2009 at 6:15am, pigpigscorner said...

    This looks AMAZING esp with the egg on top!!

  17. On August 08, 2009 at 6:48am, middlesex said...

    Yummy !!!!!!!!!! its looks nice actually i feel hungry.

  18. On August 08, 2009 at 9:13am, maris said...

    I love recipes inspired by restaurants. One of my favorite things to do is eat out and then try to recreate my favorite dishes at home!

  19. On August 08, 2009 at 9:32pm, pam said...

    What a wonderful idea! My next burger will definitely have a fried egg on it!

  20. On August 08, 2009 at 9:41pm, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    I think this burger is “wicked good stuff”!

  21. On August 09, 2009 at 2:27pm, Manggy said...

    Er, here’s another manly man growling for those burgers too! :D The variant of burger which has an egg inside it is called a Rancho Ranchero in this household (after a local burger chain that has popularized it). How could you make me hungry at 3AM? So cruel!!! :)

  22. On August 09, 2009 at 11:13pm, Sara said...

    Wow, this whole deal sounds amazing. and those pictures make it seem like I can just reach into the screen and pick that bad boy up. Awesomeness!

  23. On August 09, 2009 at 11:13pm, WizzyTheStick said...

    Girl, those burgers look wicked good! The bun doesn’t look like a traditional ‘soft’ hamburger sesame bun. What kind of bread did you use? It looks like a bread from my island called ‘ Hops’ bread.

  24. On August 10, 2009 at 10:59am, Sam@BingeNYC said...

    Oh, my. Onion marmalade. Sounds heavenly. Plus a gorgeous burger. Oh, my. Lovely.

  25. On August 10, 2009 at 12:31pm, Veron said...

    This looks magnificent, Susan. That balsamic onion marmalade sounds utterly wicked!

  26. On August 13, 2009 at 3:28pm, Jeff said...

    Yes finally egg on burger! Addicted to them this way but people think I am insane for ordering it.

    Sounds wonderful!

  27. On August 17, 2009 at 6:26pm, Cakelaw said...

    What a terrific looking burger – I could sink my teeth into one of those for lunch today.

  28. On October 12, 2009 at 12:33pm, TheRoosterChick said...

    Oh… a ba, ba, ba, breakfasty burger… yummy!

  29. On January 31, 2010 at 11:38am, Maegan said...

    I just made those onions last week for the turkey sandwich recipe in ‘wichcraft. They are divine, so I like having another use for them. Those burgers sound great!

  30. On June 18, 2011 at 2:56pm, Paula @ Cookware Cooking said...

    Wonderful all-around meal…breakfast, lunch, dinner! I’m drooling!

  31. On December 20, 2012 at 3:37pm, Taylor Griffin said...

    Saw a recipe in Williams-Sonoma for a Panini Roast Beef with Havarti, Onion Marmalade & Roasted Peppers & the recipe called for ‘wichcraft Balsamic Onion Marmalade. The bottle of it cost $15.00 so I decided to go to one of my most fave sites (Pinterest, of course!) & entered the marmalade in the search box. Viola!! Lots of recipes & just happened to click on the sticky gooey creamy chewy blog & believe it or not the recipe was from Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft cookbook…..I cant wait to make these after the holidays!!!

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