Burgers are a staple in my household. Husband loves them. Kids love them. I love them! Plus, they are ridiculously easy to make.
This whole recipe (burgers plus a sauce topper) is less than 10 ingredients. Unbelievable, I know, but this recipe packs in the flavor with just a few ingredients.
It probably sounds weird to “season” burgers with wine before cooking, but trust me the flavor is *amazing*. The sherry adds a beautiful depth of flavor while keeping the burgers nice and moist. I cooked my burgers to a strong medium (warm, pink center) and there was no trace of raw alcohol.
Mix the burgers with your hands until just combined, score with the side of your hand into sections (for even patties – I got about 7 big burgers out of this), and form into patties.
My best burger tip is to always make these slight dents in the center of your patties prior to cooking. The centers rise as they cook, so instead of them rising and you ending up with cylindrical burgers they rise to the height of the outsides, making it flat.
Before tossing your burgers onto the grill or sauté pan, season each one with a little extra salt and pepper on the outsides. This helps to ensure they’re seasoned well.
I cooked these burgers in a cast iron skillet for about 4-5 minutes on each side, turning only once.
While the burgers are cooking, make the bleu cheese sauce.
Place the sour cream into a small bowl with the bleu cheese crumbles, a few dashes of hot sauce, salt and pepper, and a touch of half and half or heavy cream to slightly thin the sour cream.
When the burgers are done, top each one with a generous helping of bleu cheese sauce. I served my burger alongside some fresh celery sticks and Trader Joe’s parsnip chips (which are seriously amazing, by the way. 1g of net carbs per serving and they’re a real chip!).
You can serve the burgers atop lettuce (red or green leaf would be a great choice), or stuff it into half a Joseph’s pita. Either way, it’s delicious!
The burger itself really is incredible – the sherry keeps it moist while adding a slight red wine flavor and the dry seasoning adds a punch of different herbal notes (citrus, parsley, rosemary, etc.) with a little hint of onion from the scallions.
The bleu cheese sauce makes it rich and a little tangy from the cheese. [Really, I think beef and bleu cheese were put on this Earth to be best buds because they certainly rock together.]
These burgers would be perfect for a holiday party! With a burger this good, your guests will be knocking down your door for the recipe.
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Red, Wine, & Bleu Burgers (THM S)
Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food
- For the burgers:
- 2lbs ground sirloin
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp salt-free all purpose seasoning
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 c dry sherry, or other dry red wine
- salt and pepper For the bleu cheese sauce:
- 1/4 c sour cream
- 1/4 c bleu chesse crumbles
- 4-6 dashes hot sauce
- salt and pepper
- half and half or heavy cream to thin slightly (about 1-2 Tbsp)
- Preheat a large skillet or grill over medium-high heat.
- Combine all ingredients for the burgers in a large bowl, and use your hands to incorporate everything together gently. Score the meat with the side of your hand into even secitons, then form patties. Make a slight dent in the center of your burgers for even cooking, then season the outsides with salt and pepper before cooking.
- Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, turning only once.
- While the burgers cook, prepare the bleu cheese sauce.
- Combine all ingredients for the bleu cheese sauce in a small bowl and set in the fridge until serving time.
- When the burgers are finished, top each one with a couple generous tablespoons of bleu cheese sauce. Enjoy as a lettuce burger, or stuff it into a Joseph's pita.