Southwestern Merlot Salsa Burger

Pairs well with:


Get cozy and get pouring. Our Merlot is the wine for long weekends and lengthy chats.


2 small Vidalia Onions
2 small Garlic Clove
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 medium Roma Tomatoes-diced
1 small Fresh Jalapeno Pepper
3/4 cup Sutterhome Merlot Wine
2 tsp Salt
1 lb Ground Chuck
1 tsp Course Ground Black Pepper
1 Egg
4 oz Monterey Jack Cheese
4 Sesame Hamburger Buns-toasted
1 Ripe Fresh California Avocado-peeled, cored, sliced, and lightly sprinkled with salt
4 tsp Grey Poupon Mustard
4 oz Tortilla Chips



Part 1: Merlot Salsa Relish 1 small Vidalia Onion- peeled and finely chopped 1 small Garlic Clove- peeled and finely diced 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 medium Roma Tomatoes- diced 1 small Fresh Jalapeno Pepper- stem removed and finely diced 1/4 cup Sutterhome Merlot Wine 1 tsp Salt In a medium skillet heat olive oil at medium heat setting until oil is hot. Saute onion and garlic until lightly browned. Add tomatoes, jalapeno and wine to skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt; stir to mix well. Chill Salsa Relish until ready to assemble burgers. Can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for several days. Drain excess liquid from salsa relish before serving/adding to burger. Part 2: Vidalia Onion Burger 1 small Vidalia Onion- peeled and finely diced 1 small Garlic Clove- pealed and finely diced 1 lb Ground Chuck 1/2 cup Sutterhome Merlot Wine 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Course Ground Black Pepper 1 Egg Combine onion, garlic, salt, pepper, beef and egg in large bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the wine to the beef mixture work through until all the ingredients are well mixed. Divide into 4 servings. Make patties fairly thin, about 1/2" thick. Reserve remaining wine for basting during grilling. Grill burgers on charcoal grill over low/medium temperature coals until juices run clear; do not overcook. Baste frequently with reserved Merlot. During last five minutes of grill time add cheese slices to top of each burger to melt cheese. Part 3: Assemble Burgers (from bottom bun to top) ¸ On Bottom bun add Vidalia Onion Burger topped with melted cheese. ¸ Add slices of avocado (1/4 of avocado per burger). ¸ Top with 1 tbsp each of Merlot Salsa Relish ¸ Spread 1 teaspoon of Gray Poupon Mustard on inside of each top hamburger bun. ¸ Place the top bun on the Merlot Salsa Relish. ¸ Garnish plate with remaining Merlot Salsa Relish and Tortilla Chips.