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Brazilian Cheeseburgers

With the flavors of churrasco and chimichurri, this burger is deliciously different and so easy. The chimichurri flavors are actually mixed into cream cheese, which stands in for Brazilian Catipury cheese. Doubling as a spread for the roll and the cheese for the patty, it packs delicious, creamy, fresh flavor and melts just enough on the meat. In the traditional way, the beef is topped with crispy onion rings. Okay, I confess: I cheat and get them on the way home at the local “drive-in” or fast food place and keep them warm on the grill. No one complains! Since I love the freshness of lettuce on a burger, I added a little into the mix and it just livens up the texture and freshness even more. The Juicy Sutter Home Zin is the perfect choice here.


1/4 cup packed finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chive and onion soft cream cheese
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground cayenne (or to taste)
2 1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/4 lbs. ground beef chuck
1/2 cup grated/finely chopped onion
Olive oil for grill
12 prepared/cooked onion rings (from drive-in or fast food restaurant)
6 split soft Bakery Style Kaiser Rolls or Hamburger Rolls
1 1/2 cups shredded leaf lettuce


Heat grill to medium-high. Mix parsley, cheese, lemon juice, vinegar, cayenne and 1/4 tsp. salt; reserve.

Combine beef chuck, onion, and 2 tsp. salt. Form into 6 patties (a little larger around than the rolls).

Coat grill rack with oil and grill patties about 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness. (Place onion rings on warm part of grill to keep warm). Last minute of cooking, toast rolls lightly.

Spread a very thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on bottom half of rolls. Add lettuce, then patty. Top patties with a heaping tablespoon of cheese mixture and top with 2 onion rings. Replace top of roll and serve.