A Port & Stilton Burger


port blue cheese burger

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.

Port & Stilton 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Toast buns until top is almost flaky, but not burned.
  5. Serve each patty in each hamburger bun and drizzle with half a tablespoon of port reduction.

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1 comment for “A Port & Stilton Burger

  1. Joanne T Ferguson
    January 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    G’day! HOW good does your burger photo look, true!
    Is only brekkie, but could go for one of these right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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