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Playing Red Wine & Blue Burgers


  • 2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts chopped
  • 2 teaspoons (about a half palmful) grill seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, split and lightly toasted
  • 2 bunches of watercress, trimmed of any thick stems
  • 6 ribs celery, cut into three-inch sticks
  • Fancy potato chips, such as rosemary chips


Serves: 4 servings


While the burgers are cooking, put together the blue part of the meal: In a mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, blue cheese, hot sauce and a little salt and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.

In a bowl, combine the ground sirloin, scallions, grill seasoning, Worcestershire, black pepper, a little salt and the red wine, and mix until thoroughly combined.

Using the back of your hand, score the meat into 4 equal portions then make each portion into patties about an inch thick. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Once it starts to ripple, add the patties and cook for 6-7 minutes on each side, until they reach desired doneness.

Place a burger on top of each toasted bun bottom, top that with some of the watercress and a couple of dollops of the blue sauce. Serve with some fancy chips and celery sticks alongside.