Build a Better Burger Contest Winners – 2016

Build a Better Burger Contest Winners – 2016

Sutter Home Family Vineyards today crowned Sarah Broomer of Culver City, CA, the Grand Prize Winner of its annual Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest, an American institution since 1990. The winning recipe dazzled the esteemed panel of culinary judges with its spice-infused burger and Peanut Coconut Sambal Sauce. Broomer earned undisputable bragging rights and a $25,000 grand prize. “We had a little girl on Friday born nearly 8 lbs., I’m sure in part due to the necessary “testing” of the burger! It’s been a wonderful weekend for our family,” said Broomer.
The 26th Annual Sutter Home Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest featured fresh variations on an American classic, with Asian spices, Middle-Eastern touches and a hint of smoke taking center stage. Five finalists were selected from scores of submissions, and each of the four runner-ups received a $1,000 prize from Sutter Home Family Vineyards.
“I especially appreciated the Indonesian Satay Burger, because I’ve been to Indonesia and I’m familiar with the local flavors,” said contest judge Paul Lowe, food stylist and editor-in-chief of Sweet Paul Magazine. “This tasty burger had so many different textures. I really loved the shrimp chips on top and the pairing with Sutter Home Gewürztraminer was perfect.”

Build a Better Burger Finalists

Grand Prize Winner
Recipe: Indonesian Satay Burgers │ Wine Pairing: Sutter Home Gewurztraminer
Created by: Sarah Broomer, Culver City, CA

First Runner-up
Recipe: Kofta Beef Burgers with Grilled Halloumi │ Wine Pairing: Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
Created by: Chris Denny-Brown, San Francisco, CA

Second Runner-up
Recipe: Buffalo Sliders with Creamy Crunchy Slaw │ Wine Pairing: Sutter Home Red Moscato
Created by: Michelle Borst Polino, Sterling Heights, MI

Third Runner-up
Recipe: Chiang Mai Burger with Smoky Serrano Mint Relish │ Wine Pairing: Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc
Created by: Mimi Chang, Middletown, NJ

Fourth Runner-up
Recipe: All American Bacon Cheeseburger Redux │ Wine Pairing: Sutter Home Zinfandel
Created by: Ben Mastracco, San Francisco, CA

“Congratulations to all of our finalists, who embody the imaginative spirit of this recipe contest,” said Wendy Nyberg, vice president of marketing for Sutter Home. “For 26 years, people across the country have shared their incredible burger recipes with us, and we are always amazed by the talent and ingenuity of America’s everyday chefs.”

In addition to announcing this year’s reigning champion for Build a Better Burger®, Sutter Home also gave wine and burger enthusiasts across the country the chance to make their voices heard. Legions of fans casted their votes at for the ultimate burger recipe, making the Buffalo Sliders with Creamy Crunchy Slaw America’s Fan Favorite of 2016.

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