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Short Rib Burgers with Shallot-Red Wine Jam

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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Chef Way: At Chicago’s Blackbird restaurant, chef Paul Kahan cooks his delectable burgers sous vide before grilling them. He also makes his own American cheese.

Easy Way: Here, the burgers are just grilled and topped with deli-bought cheese.

  1. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for brushing
  2. 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  3. 1 cup dry red wine
  4. 1 tablespoon honey
  5. 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  6. Pinch of herbes de Provence
  7. Pinch of crushed red pepper
  8. Salt
  9. 14 ounces ground chuck
  10. 14 ounces ground short ribs (ask your butcher to do this)
  11. Vegetable oil, for brushing
  12. 4 brioche burger buns, split
  13. 8 slices of deli-quality American cheese (about 4 ounces)
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and tender, 5 minutes. Add the wine, honey, vinegar, herbes de Provence and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until a thick jam forms, about 15 minutes. Season with salt.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly mix the ground meats. Divide into 4 mounds and pack loosely into 5-inch patties. Season generously with salt and make a slight depression in the center of each burger to help the patties retain their shape while they cook.
  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; brush with oil. Brush the cut sides of the buns with butter and grill until toasted. Grill the burgers over high heat until browned and crusty, about 4 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for 2 minutes longer. Top with the cheese, cover the grill and let the cheese melt, about 1 minute. Transfer the burgers to the buns and top with the shallot jam. Close the burgers and serve.
Make Ahead

The shallot jam can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Bold, spicy Australian Shiraz.