Recipe: Orange and Onion Marmalade
Updated: Sep 18
Sweet and refreshing citrus turns savory to become the perfect burger topping.
Located near the Disney Springs Welcome Center Guest Relations, D-Luxe Burger offers a rustic eating experience serving traditional American food. They are known for their unique burgers and hand-cut fries.
As part of Flavors of Florida, D-Luxe Burger is offering an Orange Garage Burger. This deluxe patty is topped with pepper jack cheese, pork belly, lettuce, and the star of the show, an orange and onion marmalade.
So, what is marmalade? Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of a citrus fruit boiled down with sugar and water. Typically, a classic marmalade is made from oranges, sugar, and water. This recipe adds a savory twist using the same method of boiling down the refreshing citrus fruit but with the addition of vidalia (yellow) onions.
Orange and Onion Marmalade
Yields about 1-2 cups
Time: 30-40 minutes
2 tablespoons orange juice
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup water
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Start with a medium skillet and add the butter and olive oil. Heat until the butter is melted.
Add the onions to the skillet and cover, stirring occasionally. Cook the onions until they start to caramelize and soften.
Add half of the water to the skillet and cover. Cook until the water has evaporated.
Pour the rest of the water into the skillet and add the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and balsamic vinegar. Cover the skillet and cook until the onions have turned a deep brown color, stirring occasionally.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Allow the marmalade cool to room temperature and serve, or store in an air-tight container.
When starting this recipe, I was a bit nervous that it would be very difficult to find the right temperature to cook the onions down without burning them and having them stick to the pan. Luckily, I found this recipe to be easier than I thought making a marmalade would be. Preparing the ingredients just consisted of cutting the onions (which caused a lot of tears😢) , squeezing the orange juice, and measuring out the proportions. I used a regular, non-stick skillet and the onions didn’t stick.
Since I was really honing in on the orange flavor, I added an extra tablespoon (totaling 3) of the orange juice and used fresh-squeezed juice to really bring out the crisp citrus flavor. The onions had a soft consistency with a sweet, yet savory zing.
I decided to try and replicate the Orange Garage Burger at home with everything except for the pork belly. I grilled hamburgers and topped them with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and a layer of the orange and onion marmalade. I am thrilled with how this recipe turned out and I will be making it again in the future.