"My first word was 'vino'! If you love wine, too, try this burger. A northern Italian red is reduced into a sweet, syrupy sauce that highlights a simple beef patty. Bonus: You can serve the rest of the wine with dinner. Cheers!" –Rach


Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

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Makes 4 burgers


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  • In a small saucepan, bring the wine, shallot, garlic, and brown sugar to a low rolling boil over medium to medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil until the wine is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the butter and whisk until smooth. Season the sauce with kosher salt and pepper.

  • In a medium bowl, season the beef; mix in half of the red wine sauce and the Worcestershire. Form into 4 patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking).

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium to medium-high. Add the oil, one turn of the pan. Cook the patties for about 4 minutes. Turn the patties over and top with the remaining wine sauce, about 1 tbsp. each. Top each patty with 1 slice of cheese. Cover with foil and cook until the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • Build the burgers with the bun bottoms, lettuce, patties, and tomatoes; season and set the bun tops in place.