Cheddar BLT Burgers paired with Tassel Ridge® Iowa Harvest Red…great for game watching!

Tassel Ridge Cheddar BLT Burgers are full of flavor, and a dry red wine like Tassel Ridge Iowa Harvest Red, is a perfect pairing for the flavors in these burgers.

Tassel Ridge Cheddar BLT Burgers


Burger Ingredients

  • 12 thick-sliced bacon strips
  • 1⅓ lbs ground chuck
  • 1⅓ lbs ground sirloin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 6 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 6 red onion slices
  • Russian Dressing (recipe follows)


  1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Drain. Cut strips in half. Gently mix ground chuck, ground sirloin, salt, and pepper. Shape into 6 burgers, about 1-inch thick. Grill over high heat, turning once or twice and brushing occasionally with butter, for about 9 minutes (internal temperature should reach 160°F). Top burgers with cheese during last minute of cooking. Let cheese melt. Spread Russian dressing on both top and bottom buns. Put lettuce and tomatoes on bottom buns. Top with burgers, onions, and bacon. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Russian Dressing


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp grated onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, onion, parsley, tarragon, and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Wine Recommendation—Tassel Ridge 2021 Iowa Harvest Red

2021 Iowa Harvest Red is a dry red with plum and black cherry aromas and notes on the palate along with nice acid followed by a long, complex finish. Made from Marquette and Marechal Foch grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, Iowa Harvest Red will pair nicely with burgers, steaks, pizza, and pasta dishes. Serve at room temperature.