Umami with Port & Stilton Burger

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We all have our favorite quick serve burger places besides the well-known chains. I’m referring to places like Meat Heads, Smash Burger, Burger Boss, Five Guys (not so much) and yes I quite like the cheese burger at Parky’s (I see another “Whine” in the making).

Umami with Port & Stilton Burger

Servings: Makes 4 Servings

Prep time: Total 40 mins. cooking and prep


  • 1 Cup / Ruby port
  • 2 lbs. / Mixed ground beef brisket, skirt steak and sirloin steak 20 percent fat
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 Cup / Stilton cheese (3 ounces), softened
  • Umami dust, really! see Note Woody’s Way
  • 4 Brioche hamburger buns Buttered and toasted


  1. In a small saucepan, cook the port over moderate heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a cast-iron griddle until very hot. Form the meat into four 4-by-1-inch patties without packing too tightly. Season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the patties on the griddle, cover with a roasting pan and cook over moderately high heat for 4 minutes, until very crusty. Flip the patties and cook, covered, for 2 minutes longer; top with the Stilton and cook uncovered for 1 minute. Transfer the patties to a plate and sprinkle with the umami dust, let rest for 2 minutes and set on the buns. Drizzle with the reduced port, top with the buns and serve.
    Woody's Way: I took four ounces of fresh shitake mushrooms, finely chopped and sautéed them in a little sesame oil and a few drops of soy sauce to get the umami flavor, worked quite well.

Cuisine: Hamburger

Course: Main