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Baby "Bella" Bacon Cheeseburger

I work in Kennett Square, Pa. which is dubbed the "Mushroom Capital of the World" so I figured I had to come up with some kind of a mushroom cheeseburger to represent the town. I also garden and have a large variety of fresh herbs and vegetables so I was able to incorporate my home grown favorites into this recipe. It was great fun having my friends and co-workers try it out and offer their opinions. I hope that you enjoy it as well.


8- sliced bacon, cooked and chopped, reserving 2 Tablespoons bacon fat
1 1/2 - lbs. lean ground beef
1/4 - cup steak sauce
3 - Tablespoons Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
2 - Tablespoons steak seasoning
1/3 - cup dry bread crumbs
2 - Tablespoons butter
2 - yellow onions, sliced
1 - lb. baby Portobello mushrooms, or Crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 - sprigs fresh rosemary
1/4 - cup good mayonnaise
1 - Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 - Tablespoon Cabernet Sauvignon
12 slices - smoked Gouda Cheese
6 - sesame wheat rolls or other hearty sandwich roll


Cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until just cooked, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Add 2 Tablespoons butter, rosemary,onions and mushrooms to skillet and saute until the onions are light golden brown about 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In small bowl mix together the mayonnise, Dijon mustard and Cabernet wine. Set aside. Place burger meat in large bowl. Add the cooked bacon, steak sauce, Cabernet, Montreal steak seasoning and bread crumbs. Mix lightly until well blended, form into 6 patties.Cook patties over medium-high heat 5-6 minutes per side or until desired degree of temperature. Adding cheese slices during the last minute of cooking. Lightly toast wheat rolls. Place burgers on bottom half, top with mushroom onion mixture and spoon Cabernet Dijonnaise over top.


My husband and I are avid BBQ/grillers. We are also avid wine drinkers. I tend to be on the white side while he likes the Merlots and Cabernets. A burger doesn't have to be just cheese and ketchup, although that's the classic way, and it was fun to think of an upscale version of the usual mushroom cheese burger. I have always wanted to come out to Napa Valley but have never been able to "find the time" owning my own business. I would just love being selected to participate to have part of my wishes come true, winning anything would be the icing on the cake so they say. Thank you for considering my entry and I will have a glass of wine and wait to hear from you!! Thanks!!