Grilled Steak Burgers With Port Wine Reduction Spread

Grilled Steak Burgers with Port Wine Reduction Spread
Grilled Steak Burger with Port Wine Mayonnaise. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBq, Inc.
  • Total: 73 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 53 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This is sure to be one of the best gourmet burgers you'll ever try. Large, well-seasoned patties are grilled to perfection, placed onto toasted Ciabatta bread with melted cheese and topped with a delectable port wine spread. Definitely a great burger for any occasion.​​


  • 3 pounds/1.3 kg ground beef (preferably lean)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL salt
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL​ ​Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.5 mL garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper (coarse ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL​ ancho chili powder
  • 4 large Ciabatta bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (both plain and garlic for drizzling)
  • 8 to 10 large slices of Havarti cheese
  • For Port Wine Reduction:
  • 1 1/2 cups/360 mL port wine
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL beef soup base, plus 2 tablespoons/30 mL water
  • 1 3/4 cups/420 mL mayonnaise

Steps to Make It

To Prepare Port Reduction:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon/30 mL olive oil in a small pot.

  3. Add shallots and cook on medium-high heat, for 1 to 2 minutes. Once translucent, pour in the wine. 

  4. Allow mixture to come to a quick boil, add the beef base, water, and stir. 

  5. Reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir mixture occasionally.

  6. Once reduced more than half and mixture has thickened (takes on the consistency of syrup) remove from heat and allow reduction to cool. 

  7. Once cooled, mix 2 tablespoons/30 mL at a time into mayonnaise until well incorporated. It will take on a lavender hue. 

  8. Place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To Make the Burgers:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. 

  3. Combine meat with corresponding seasonings. Form into four large patties or two smaller ones, depending on ​the size of the bread. Do not make patties too large, as you run the risk of them breaking on the grill. Patties should be about 1 inch thick.

  4. Place burger patties onto grill and cook for 7 to 8 minutes per side. 

  5. Once cooked remove from heat, place onto a large platter or cookie sheet, and tent with foil to keep warm.

  6. Cut ciabatta bread in half, lengthwise. 

  7. Drizzle with regular and a touch of garlic olive oil. If you do not have garlic oil, just dust lightly with garlic powder

  8. Place onto grill cut side down for 2 to 3 minutes. 

  9. Once lightly toasted and warmed through, remove from heat, and promptly add Havarti slices, burger patties, a generous helping of port wine spread, and top halves of Ciabatta. 

  10. Cut into three pieces each or two if the bread is smaller. 

  11. Enjoy!