Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cabernet Burgers

Any recipe that calls for an entire bottle of wine is a winner in my book. Last weekend Matt and I grilled the very best burgers ever, and I mean EVER. We found the recipe in one of my Bon App├ętit magazines and have had it bookmarked for far too long. Now I'm mad at myself for not making these sooner. These burgers are extremely tender and flavorful. Go ahead, pin them for your next Spring cookout, but don't wait too long to actually make them!
Napa Valley Cabernet Burgers
By Bon Appetit

    1 750-ml bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
    1/4 cup minced shallots
    9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 teaspoons golden brown sugar
    1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
    1 1/2 pounds ground beef
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Vegetable oil
    1 cup (packed) coarsely grated extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
    4 4 1/2-inch squares focaccia, cut horizontally in half
    8 large tomato slices
    2 cups arugula


    Boil wine and shallots in medium saucepan until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 20 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon butter and brown sugar; whisk until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Mix remaining 8 tablespoons butter and rosemary in small bowl. Set aside.

    Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Mix beef, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup wine-shallot mixture in bowl. Form meat into four 5-inch squares or rounds. Brush grill rack with oil. Grill burgers until brown on bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn burgers and brush with wine-shallot mixture. Continue grilling burgers until cooked to desired doneness, turning and brushing occasionally with wine-shallot mixture, about 4 minutes longer for medium-rare. Sprinkle with cheese after last turn and grill until cheese melts.

    Spread cut sides of bread with rosemary butter. Grill, cut side down, until golden, about 2 minutes. Arrange bread, grilled side up, on plates. Top bottom halves with burgers, then tomatoes and arugula. Cover with top halves of bread.
Yields 4 burgers


  1. Oh my goodness this sounds delicious! I need to try this since it has my favorite ingredient in it ;) thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow those look delish!! I wish my husband wasn't such a picky eater, I'd have this on the menu for tonight!

  3. YUM! I cant wait to share this with Stephen, I swear he is a burger connoisseur!

  4. Wine? Burgers? My husband would be all over this! I think I need to make for him! Such a different it.

  5. Those look AMAZING. Yummy. Just in time for some warm grilling weather. Thank you.

  6. These sound delish! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Auhmazing !! Need to try this, this hubby will love it :)

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Jocelyn @Prettyluckymama

  8. Thanks for posting such a tasty recipe! Can't wait to make these.

  9. I like to consider myself a burger connoisseur, so I am definitely adding this to my recipe board! haha Thank you for sharing, and sending prayers your way from Texas for baby Caroline! :)

  10. Well shoot - that just sounds divine! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Those sounds delish!! Always looking for a good new burger recipe! Thanks for sharing!


  12. that cheese spread looks SO good! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  13. Yum! We love burgers in our house but usually make them w. ground turkey. I wonder if it'd work w. turkey instead of beef? Probably not... Definitely going to have to try these out ASAP!

  14. This looks amazingly delicious - can't wait to try it out on my grill!

  15. I have Redeeming Love and have been meaning to start it for months now! You just sold me on starting it!! ;)

    Amanda || Happily Ever After

  16. It looks so yummy... I think my mouth is watering!

  17. Yum! We are making these tonight!

  18. That looks pretty much like a perfect burger! YUM. And I totally agree about recipes that include an entire bottle of wine. Holla.

  19. I have kept this recipe tucked away on my phone since I read your post last year, and I'm happy to report I finally made these! And they were divine!! Hope you are doing well!


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