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25 Reasons Burgers Are Better with Wine

25 Reasons Burgers Are Better with Wine

We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest, but there’s no debating which beverage is best suited to burgers. Here’s why wine is better than all the rest!

1. Let us steer you in the right direction.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burgers
Take Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burgers beyond Grade A with a juicy Zinfandel.

2. Truly, beef burgers are prime for wine.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: The Heart and Seoul of Korea Burgers
Well done again, Zinfandel! Pair this versatile varietal with The Heart & Seoul of Korea Burger.

3. And patties made from pork, too.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: 'Ono 'Ohana Burgers
Pour Pinot Grigio with ‘Ono ‘Ohana Burgers and squeal with delight at such a brilliant pairing.

4. The other white meat Meet the other white wine.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Sour Apple Pork Burgers
Every bite of this Sour Apple Pork Burger is better while sipping on Chenin Blanc.

5. This little piggy goes to the market for red.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Kansas City Barbecue Pork Combo Burgers
Say hello again to Zinfandel with Kansas City Barbeque Pork Combo Burgers.

6. Friends won’t cry fowl, “Where’s the beer”

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Herbed Chicken Walnut Cheeseburgers
Sauvignon Blanc with Herbed Chicken Walnut Cheeseburgers squashes squawking before it starts.

7. With wine, guests will gobble these burgers up.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Casablanca Bisteeya Burgers
Let’s talk turkey: Casablanca Bisteeya Burgers are best with a glass of Pinot Grigio.

8. In fact, they’ll flock to refill their wine glass.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Indian Lamb Burgers
Everyone will clamor for Indian Lamb Burgers with a glass of Merlot.

9. Wine + burgers They’ll be hooked.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Lemon-Scented Salmon Burgers
Wine has a line on a backyard catch, like White Zinfandel and Lemon-Scented Salmon Burgers.

10. Sorry, Charlie. Wine is best for burgers!

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Barbados Burgers
Made with fresh tuna, island-inspired Barbados Burgers travel best with Sauvignon Blanc.

11. Veggie lovers will find the vine absolutely divine.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Portobello Mushroom Burger with Red Wine Sauce and Swiss Cheese
Meaty Portobello Burgers meet their match with a healthy pour of Pinot Noir.

12. Wine is the special sauce.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Roman Burgers
Some burger recipes, like Roman Burgers, even call for wine in the patty-making mix.

13. Yes, wine right inside the patties!

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Apres-Ski Triple Ginger Bacon Burgers
So good, inside and out, like this Après-Ski Triple Ginger Bacon Burger.

14. Or smoke your burgers with wine-barrel chips.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Wine Barrel Chips
They’re made from aged Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels.

15. Wine and cheese, of course. But wine and cheeseburgers too!

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Americana Smokeshack Burgers
Embrace a tried-and-true duo, triply delicious with bacon for American Smokeshack Burgers.

16. Venture beyond cheddar.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Chorizo Beef Burgers
Chorizo Beef Burgers stacked with Manchego or Jack Zinfandel comes out on top.

17. Go for Gruyere.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Cranberry Ultimate Pork Burgers
Merlot with Cranberry Ultimate Pork Burgers merits a gold medal for grilling brilliance.

18. One American classic calls for another.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Chipotle Bacon Maple Jam Burgers
Like burgers, Sutter Home White Zinfandel is an American classic. Created at our Napa Valley winery in 1975, it’s a wonderful wine with Chipotle Bacon Maple Jam Burgers.

19. But even a beloved, diner-inspired duo can do with some shaking up.

Build a Better Burger: Pinot Noir Chocolate Milkshake
Pair a classic cheeseburger with a Pinot Noir Chocolate Milkshake. Yum!

20. Wine makes any burger better.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Grilled Green Tomato Burger
Piled high, like these Grilled Green Tomato Burgers, or simply dressed, wine elevates the plate.

21. Mini burgers Mini bottles!

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Lucky Tiki Burgers
Sliders, like Lucky Tiki Burgers, are perfectly sized for Sutter Home mini bottles.

22. Wine with burgers, there’s always a way.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Wine Cocktail Plates
These cocktail plates are designed for the perfect pairing. Try that with a bottle of beer!

23. Summer, fall, winter, spring – wine is always in season!

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Tidal Wave Butter Burgers
But summer’s the best. Sun’s out, buns out – bring the wine with Tidal Wave Butter Burgers.

24. And when it’s time for dessert, there’s still time for wine.

Sutter Home Build a Better Burger: Mini Cupcake Burgers
Last bite of burger and on to dessert Pair Moscato with a sweet treat, like Mini Cupcake Burgers.

25. Thanks to wine, building better burgers has never been easier!

Sutter Home Build a Better Burgers: Mexicali Burgers
Check out 25 burger recipes inspired by 25 years of the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest, each prepared in 25 minutes or less. Many, like Mexicali Burgers, made this list!

And if you’ve found inspiration, be sure to enter your original burger recipe in this year’s contest!

Build a Better Burger: 2014 Contest Winners_V2

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