Sutter Home Family Vineyards, St. Helena is proud to reveal the 10 finalist recipes of the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest, the Napa Valley winery's search for the nation's best burger recipe. Finalists from around the country will compete for the $100,000 grand prize for the most mouth-watering beef burger, and $15,000 will go to the winning alternative burger in a cook-off at the Sutter Home Winery on May 18, 2013.
For more than 20 years, the contest has collected countless delicious burger recipes from around the country, each year revealing new burger trends. The finalist recipes showcase inspiration from contestants' every day favorite foods. From food truck menu items and football tailgating snacks to breakfast burgers and ethnic cuisine, contestants used their most-loved cuisine to inspire recipes worthy of being named as the 2012 Sutter Home Build a Better Burger winning burger.
The five finalists and highlights of their recipes in the beef category include:
7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burger; Recipe by Erin Evenson, Brooklyn, New York.
Razzle Dazzle Burger; Recipe by Janette Nowak, Spring, Texas
Grilled Green Tomato Burger; Recipe by Mark Pyne, Sheboygan, Wis.
Korean-Hawaiian Taco Truck Burger; Recipe by Katie Sherrill, Edmonds, Wash.
The five finalists competing for the $15,000 prize in the alternative category include:
Better than Breakfast in Bed Burger; Recipe by Kim Jones, Bloomingdale, Ill.
Smoky Sweet Salmon Slider; Recipe by Kathy Keithline, Parker, Colo.
Lamb Burger with Mango Chutney Mayo and Minted Romaine; Recipe by Cheryl Lundquist, Wake Forest, N.C. Lundquist loves experimenting with unique flavor combinations, and the Lamb Burger with Mango Chutney Mayo and Minted Romaine is one of her favorite concoctions. The burger features a tangy goat cheese, slightly spicy cherry peppers, crisp minted lettuce, and sweet mango. Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home Moscato
Lemon-Scented "Salmon-icious" Burger; Recipe by Helen Mariscal, Artesia, N.M.: After receiving a gift of fresh salmon, Mariscal began creating a variety of salmon dishes and decided to try salmon burgers. After some trial and error and many changes to the recipe, she created the Lemon-Scented "Salmon-icious" Burger, which features a zesty dill spread and a New Mexico red chile bun glaze. Suggested wine pairing: Sutter Home White Zinfandel
The winning beef and alternative burgers will be selected at the May 18th cook-off by a panel of judges.