Easy-to-Make, Merlot-Friendly Burgers for Grilling Season

food-dinner-lunch-unhealthy-70497If grilling season has not yet arrived where you live… it will soon.

For a different take on traditional grilled burgers, try this recipe. It yields four quarter-pound burgers, which can be cut in half to serve more people, if you wish.

The recipe calls for a small amount of Merlot, so use the rest of the bottle to sip and enjoy with the burgers.



  • 4 artisan hamburger buns
  • 4 quarter-pound hamburger patties
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 slices young Gouda cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped shallots
  • 1 lb. wild mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Merlot
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare sautéed wild mushrooms (see instructions below).
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  3. Season and grill the burgers, placing a slice of Gouda cheese on each just before removing from the grill.
  4. Assemble the burgers by placing on each bottom bun, in order, a grilled burger patty, sautéed wild mushrooms, red onion and the top bun.

Sautéed Wild Mushrooms Preparation

  1. Heat a large pan over high heat, and add the canola oil.
  2. Add garlic and shallots, and cook until they become transparent.
  3. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the Merlot, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Let simmer until most of the liquid has cooked away.


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