Gorgonzola Stuffed Turkey Cranberry Burgers with Spiced Apple Chutney

Pairs well with:

White Zinfandel

With strawberry and melon essences, this American original is perfectly at home with however you like to unwind.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion, divided (½ cup for chutney, ½ cup for patties)
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon orange zest, divided(2 teaspoons for chutney & 1 tablespoon for burgers)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups peeled, seeded & small diced Granny Smith apples
2 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup Sutter Home White Zinfandel wine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup dried, sweetened cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Gorgonzola crumbles
vegetable oil for wiping on grill rack
6 soft kaiser rolls, about 4 inches in diameter, split
6 tablespoons garlic and herb spreadable cheese
1 ½ cups packed baby arugula leaves



Preheat a gas grill to medium high heat. To make the spiced apple chutney, place butter in an 8 inch fireproof skillet and place on heat. When butter is melted, stir in ½ cup onions, reserving ½ cup for patties, and saute about 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Stir in 2 teaspoons orange zest, reserving additional tablespoon for patties, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and apples and saute about 5 minutes until apples are tender. Set aside. Keep warm. To make the patties, combine turkey, reserved ½ cup onion, Sutter Home White Zinfandel, reserved 1 tablespoon orange zest, salt, pepper and cranberries in a large mixing bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide mixture into 12 equal portions and form the portions into patties sized to fit the rolls. Place 1 tablespoon Gorgonzola cheese crumbles on each of 6 patties. Top those 6 patties with remaining patties and securely seal patties together, making sure to completely encase the cheese. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, until done to preference, about 5-7 minutes per side. During the last 3 minutes of grilling the patties, place rolls, cut side down on outer edges of grill rack, to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers, place 1 tablespoon garlic and herb spreadable cheese on cut side of each roll bottom. Top cheese with 1/4 cup arugula, a patty, 1/4 cup spiced apple chutney and roll top. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 burgers