RECIPE & PAIRING: Homemade cheeseburger with Rebelión Malbec

By Ollie Eats

Steak and Malbec is a classic, but did you know this big bold wine pairs perfectly with this prime steak burger topped with Gouda cheese, dirty mayo, and pickled red onion?


For the beef patty:
For the beef patty:
  • 500g high quality steak mince
  • Salt and pepper
For the dirty mayo:
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bacon and burger patty rendered fat
  • Garlic paste
  • Cracked black pepper
For the pickled onion (make in advance):
  • 1 finely sliced red onion
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinager
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
To finish:
  • Light flavoured cheese like Gouda
  • Bacon
  • Toasted brioche bun

Recommended wine pairing:

Rebelión Malbec

Big black fruit flavours with a hint of smoke and chocolate in a medium body with smooth tannins – this Argentinian wine is built for juicy red meat. Add cheese and you’re winning.


  1. Mix together pickled onion ingredients in a bowl, cover and leave aside for at least 30 minutes
  2. Place the beef mince in a large bowl and break it up with your hands
  3. Season with salt and pepper and mix it well with your hands
  4. Divide the mince into 4 and roll each into a ball
  5. Place the balls down on a work surface and pat them to make them flatter. Use your hands to push the sides in slightly so they make a roughly even circle – they don’t need to be too tightly compacted, just enough to hold them together.
  6. Place into the heated dry pan and cook along with the bacon for 12-15 minutes until cooked through, turning halfway through the cooking time
  7. 5 minutes before the burgers are done, make the dirty mayo by mixing together the ingredients in a bowl with the fat from the pan.
  8. Toast your halved brioche buns facedown in the pan
  9. Build your burgers with the toasted brioche buns, pickled onions, Gouda and bacon, and serve with a glass of Rebelíon Malbec

Recipe notes:

  • Always cook in a clean dry pan on a high heat
  • When adding your patty to the pan make sure you press down hard to increase surface connection
  • Only flip when a brown crust has formed
  • Only cook 1 or 2 patties at a time (don’t overcrowd the pan)

About Ollie Eats

Ollie creates hearty and indulgent recipes from simple ingredients to broaden your home dining experience.