Cheddar BLT Burgers are great for end-of-summer grilling and game watching!

Tassel Ridge® Cheddar BLT Burgers are full of flavor, and a semi-sweet red wine, like Tassel Ridge Iowa Silky St. Croix, is a great 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 Iowa Silky St. Croix

Iowa Silky St. Croix is a semi-sweet red with cassis, black cherry, and mango on the nose; soft black cherry on the palate; and a long, fruity finish. Made entirely from St. Croix grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, Iowa Silky St. Croix pairs well with seasoned grilled beef, Mexican dishes, or spicy Asian stir-fry. Served chilled.