A simple grilled burger with melted blue cheese and a drizzle of port reduction. No embellishment and no usual toppings. This burger is for a purist and for one that loves beef. The sweetness of the port complements the strong flavor of stilton perfectly, and it is enough for a delicious burger.
- 1 cup of cooking port (ruby port if available)
- 1 tbsp of grapeseed or other high smoke point oil
- 2 lbs of good quality ground beef (approx. 15%-20% fat)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3oz stilton cheese, softened
- 4 hamburger buns, lightly toasted until top is almost flaky
- In a small saucepan, cook port over medium heat until it reduces to 2 tablespoons, about 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Gently (avoid working the meat much to avoid a meatloaf-like texture) form ground beef into 4 patties (about 4 x 1). Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
- Add grapeseed oil in grill pan and heat over high heat. Once grill pan is hot, add patties and grill for about 4 minutes. Flip, grill for another minute and add slices of cheese on top of the patties. Cook for another minute or two. Use a meat thermometer to cook patties to desired doneness. Let patties rest for 2 minutes.
- Toast buns until top is almost flaky, but not burned.
- Serve each patty in each hamburger bun and drizzle with half a tablespoon of port reduction.
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