Jan 27, 2012

Cabernet Burgers with Rosemary FocacciaRecipe from Weber's Way to Grill™ by Jamie Purviance

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Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 3 oz baby arugula
  • 0.125 oz fresh rosemary
  • 2 tomatoes

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 1.5 lb ground chuck (80% lean)
  • 4 slice thick-cut bacon

Oil and Spices

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp kosher salt


  • 0.25 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 oz white cheddar cheese

Wine / Beer / Spirits

  • 16 fl oz cabernet sauvignon


  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 focaccia buns



  • 2 cups cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick), softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves


  • 1½ pounds ground chuck (80% lean)
  • ¼ cup cabernet glaze (from above)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices tomato, each about ½ inch thick
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 focaccia squares, each about 4½ inches, sliced in half horizontally, or 4 focaccia buns, split
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked


  1. In a heavy, non-reactive saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine and brown sugar. Cook until reduced to ½ cup, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  2. In a small bowl mix the butter and rosemary.

  3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F). 

  4. In a large bowl gently combine the patty ingredients and shape into four patties of equal size and thickness, each about ¾ inch thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 1 inch wide in the center of each patty.

  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the patties over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until cooked to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes, brushing with the glaze every 2 minutes and turning them once when the patties release easily from the grate without sticking. During the last minute of cooking, place a slice of cheese on each patty to melt.

  6. Lower the temperature of the grill to medium heat (350° to 450°F). Brush the tomato slices with oil, season with salt, and grill over direct medium heat until soft, 2 to 4 minutes, turning once. Spread the cut sides of the focaccia with the rosemary butter and grill over direct medium heat, cut sides down, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Build each burger with arugula, a patty, a slice of bacon, and 2 slices of tomato. Serve warm.

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