Pairs well with:

Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich red easily complements your homemade chicken dishes, red meats, game, and mildly seasoned pastas.

I used local Michigan ingredients to create this burger.
Michigan is known for it’s cherries and wonderful
variety of apples. It was important to me to showcase
the flavors that Michigan has to offer. I have lived in
Michigan my entire life and wanted to create a burger
that will highlight the cherry and the apple best know
to Michigan.


Tart Apple Slaw
3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
1 carrot, grated
1 large unpeeled Grammy Smith apple, cored and chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 cup premium dried cherries, finely chopped
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup draied and chopped sun-dried tomatoes –
packed in oil
1 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce – Lea & Perrins
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoned black pepper

Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 (4 1/2-inch) soft wheat rolls, split


Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium high.

To make the slaw, combine the cabbage, carrot, and apple in a large bowl and toss well. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, salt, and apple cider vinegar in
a small bowl an stir until well blended. Pour over the
cabbage mixture, tossing to blend. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

To make patties, in a small bowl combine the cherries and wine, set bowl aside. In a large bowl combine ground chuck, onions, basil, sun dried tomatoes, Worcestershie sauce, salt and seasoned pepper. Add the cherries and wine from the small bowl to the mixture. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. divide the mixture into 6 equal poritions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetale oil, place the patties on the rack,cover and cook, turning once,until done to preference 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. During the last few minutes of cooking,
place the buns, cut side down on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom, place a patty and an equal portion of the tart apple slaw. Add the bun tops and serve.