Wine Burgers

September 20, 2010

My  kids have grown up in the kitchen and now they’re all pretty fine cooks themselves.  Son Number Two came up with this idea of adding wine to a cheeseburger.  It’s an easy way to add a rich flavor to an otherwise ordinary burger.

For this batch of a dozen burgers, we used provolone and American and blue cheeses.  Add your own favorite cheese and fixings.

  • Lean Ground Beef, 3 to 3.5 pounds
  • Garlic, 2 or 3 cloves
  • Shallot, 1
  • Coarse Ground Pepper, 2 tablespoons
  • Red Wine, 1 cup

Finely mince the garlic and shallot.

Dump the meat into a bowl and pour the wine over it.

Add the garlic and shallot.

Add the pepper.  Feel free to use more or less or add a dash of cayenne for a little more kick.

Mix it all together and refrigerate for an hour or more.

Shape the meat into patties.

Grill until they’re done to your liking.

Just before taking them off the heat, add your favorite cheese.  Provolone, American or Blue?  The Blue was my favorite.

Serve up on a toasted bun and add your favorite condiments.  Enjoy!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Design Wine and Dine September 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

First time on your blog, it’s beautiful!

Your son is a smart guy, OF COURSE you should add red wine to a burger!

Love this! Thanks!


2 Kevin @ EAT Club September 24, 2010 at 1:21 am

I love the idea of making burgers with wine or beer. Question for you though – does it matter what type of wine I use, and how much I use? When I’ve tried to add wine to my recipes in the past, I’ve always added too much and my meats end up boiling in the liquid…

Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!


3 Karen Bove September 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

I wouldn’t use anything sweet. Cabernet or even Merlot work well for burgers. The amount does matter though. I had about 3.5 pounds of meat and a cup of wine was almost too much. Letting it sit in the fridge for awhile helped as it was more absorbed into the meat.


4 Kevin @ EAT Club September 25, 2010 at 6:26 am

Ah, I’ve been using far too much wine in my cooking then. Thanks for the advice!


5 Karen Bove September 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

Unless I’m trying to guesstimate so I can write a blog entry, I rarely measure most things. I just dump a little in and mix it until it looks right :)


6 Marco A Ochoa September 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I just made these but halved the amounts; came out really good! I used 90% lean but the wine
kept them from drying out while grilling. I used 1/2 a cup of Cabernet and I think that was too much.
The burgers were almost breaking apart on the grill. I’ll use a little less next time.

I want to try your chipotle chicken next. Great food and photo site!



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