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 Appétit 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. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    April 24, 2014 / 12:48 pm

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

  2. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    April 24, 2014 / 12:57 pm

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

  3. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    April 24, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Looks so good!!

  4. Katie {Miss Dixie}
    April 24, 2014 / 1:26 pm

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

  5. Katie
    April 24, 2014 / 1:27 pm

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

  6. Annie {Home of Malones}
    April 24, 2014 / 1:31 pm

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

  7. Jo
    April 24, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    These sound delish! Thanks for sharing!

  8. PrettyLuckyMama
    April 24, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Auhmazing !! Need to try this, this hubby will love it :)Thanks for sharing!!xoxoJocelyn @Prettyluckymama

  9. Cassie Lee
    April 24, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    I need this nowwwww.

  10. Diana Maria
    April 24, 2014 / 3:08 pm

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

  11. shelbie muse
    April 24, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    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! 🙂

  12. melissa
    April 24, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    Well shoot – that just sounds divine! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Paige Viollt
    April 24, 2014 / 5:14 pm

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

  14. Jillian Manesh
    April 24, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    that cheese spread looks SO good! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  15. Cherish
    April 24, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    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!

  16. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    April 24, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    ummm yum?!!!

  17. ThisGirlLovesChic
    April 25, 2014 / 6:39 am

    yum these look delicious!!This Girl Loves Chic Facebook : ThisGirlLovesChic xx

  18. B @ The Sequin Notebook
    April 25, 2014 / 12:40 pm

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

  19. Amanda Karl
    April 25, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    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

  20. Ashleigh
    April 25, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    It looks so yummy… I think my mouth is watering!

  21. Pamela
    April 28, 2014 / 6:26 pm


  22. Meredith
    May 3, 2014 / 10:48 am

    Yum! We are making these tonight!

  23. Traci
    May 14, 2014 / 6:07 pm

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

  24. Tracy Lyons
    November 12, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    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!

  25. Crystal
    February 29, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    Wine burgers!?!?? SOLD!!!!

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