Summer Grilling is hot right now! Try a Tassel Ridge Cheddar BLT Burger.

A dry red wine, like Tassel Ridge 2008 Iowa St. Croix, is a perfect complement for these Cheddar BLT Burgers.

Tassel Ridge Cheddar BLT Burgers


Burger Ingredients

  • 12 oz thick-sliced bacon
  • 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 2008 Iowa St. Croix

2008 Iowa St Croix is a dry red wine with pepper, plum, and black cherry on the nose; plum and black cherry on the palate; and subtle oak and baking spices on the finish. Made entirely from St. Croix grapes grown in our Iowa vineyards, 2008 Iowa St Croix pairs well with steak, burgers, or other grilled meats. Serve at room temperature.