Build A Better Burger: Celebrating Sutter Home's Annual Search For America's Best Burgers by James McNair

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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Sandwiches & burgers; Sauces, general; Main course; Picnics & outdoors; American
    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; basil pesto; ground beef sirloin; Zinfandel wine; basil; red onions; Italian breadcrumbs; sun-dried tomatoes in oil; garlic salt; soft round seeded rolls; Monterey Jack cheese; redleaf lettuce; tomatoes
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    • Ingredients: yogurt; basil; sour cream; eggplants; chile powder; ground cumin; roasted red peppers; balsamic vinegar; ground lamb; mushrooms; hazelnuts; egg whites; hamburger buns; lettuce; Dijon mustard
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Sandwiches & burgers; Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Main course; Picnics & outdoors; American
    • Ingredients: red bell peppers; Anaheim chiles; Zinfandel wine; red onions; thyme; apple cider vinegar; ground turkey; andouille sausages; sourdough rolls
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    • Ingredients: yellow onions; tomato ketchup; Worcestershire sauce; hamburger buns; bread-and-butter pickles; tomatoes; lettuce; black-eyed peas
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    • Ingredients: yogurt; jalapeño chiles; fresh ginger; mint; cilantro; ground lamb; ground beef sirloin; feta cheese; Kalamata olives; ground cumin; ground coriander; pita bread; tomatoes; red onions; red-leaf lettuce
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    • Ingredients: ground lamb; Cabernet Sauvignon wine; red onions; Italian breadcrumbs; parsley; basil; rosemary; thyme; hazelnuts; sesame seed hamburger buns; goat cheese; spinach; tomatoes
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    • Ingredients: tomatoes; mangoes; dried plums; shallots; cilantro; limes; jalapeño chiles; hot Italian sausages; ground turkey; basil; parsley; Zinfandel wine; soft round seeded rolls
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    • Ingredients: onions; red bell peppers; jalapeño chiles; molasses; dark rum; limes; tomatoes; Angostura bitters; ground turkey; bulk pork sausage; ground cloves; curry powder; sandwich rolls
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    • Ingredients: carambolas; mangoes; seedless red grapes; bananas; cantaloupes; pineapple; jalapeño chiles; oranges; limes; hazelnuts; almonds; walnuts; peanut oil; Monterey Jack cheese; ground turkey; whole wheat hamburger buns; red-leaf lettuce
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    • Ingredients: jicama; sweet onions; mirin; soy sauce; ground beef; crystallized ginger; white Zinfandel wine; onion salt; garlic salt; soft round seeded rolls; butter
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Sandwiches & burgers; Main course; Picnics & outdoors; American; Jamaican; French
    • Ingredients: chili powder; dried thyme; curry powder; ground cumin; paprika; granulated garlic; ground cardamom; ground allspice; ground cayenne pepper; apples; Zinfandel wine; ground pork; ground beef chuck; breadcrumbs; red onions; fresh ginger; black peppercorns; kaiser rolls; Jamaican hot sauce
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    • Ingredients: tart apples; white wine Worcestershire sauce; ground turkey; hot Italian sausages; sauerkraut; garlic; shallots; caraway seeds; canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce; paprika; rye bread; triple cream cheese
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    • Ingredients: tomatoes; parsley; basil; Parmesan cheese; Gorgonzola cheese; ground beef round; prosciutto; Fontina cheese; Italian bread
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    • Ingredients: yellow onions; Chinese five-spice powder; daikon radishes; rice vinegar; dried apricots; fresh ginger; shrimp; dried Chinese mushrooms; ground pork; white Zinfandel wine; reduced salt soy sauce; chicken stock; almond oil; sesame oil; Vietnamese baguette bread
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; sun-dried tomatoes in oil; thyme; oregano; Zinfandel wine; portobello mushrooms; ground beef chuck; shallots; ground cumin; ground cayenne pepper; focaccia rolls; arugula; goat cheese
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    • Ingredients: tomatoes; fresh ginger; rice vinegar; hot pepper sauce; basil; ground lamb; mixed peppercorns; sesame oil; Merlot wine; hamburger buns; red-leaf lettuce
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Sandwiches & burgers; Dressings & marinades; Dips, spreads & salsas; Main course; Picnics & outdoors; American; Brazilian
    • Ingredients: dried red pepper flakes; dried oregano; ground cumin; ground allspice; ground pork; cornmeal; canned black beans; cilantro; Spanish onions; red bell peppers; green bell peppers; kaiser rolls; blood oranges
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    • Ingredients: mangoes; cilantro; green onions; jalapeño chiles; cream cheese; oranges; shredded coconut; ground beef; ground pork; Zinfandel wine; soy sauce; ground ginger; hamburger buns
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    • Ingredients: black bean sauce; white Zinfandel wine; stone ground mustard; tamari; prepared horseradish; onion powder; garlic powder; ground cayenne pepper; sesame seeds; ground chicken; hoisin sauce; cilantro; green onions; fresh ginger; sesame oil; shiitake mushrooms; onion rolls
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; lemons; basil; capers; tuna steaks; green onions; Chardonnay wine; horseradish mustard; Italian breadcrumbs; hamburger buns; mozzarella cheese; marinated artichoke hearts; baby greens
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; cilantro; red onions; oranges; chili powder; ground cumin; goat cheese; red bell peppers; yellow bell peppers; jalapeño chiles; ground chicken; Anaheim chiles; Merlot wine; ground cinnamon; ground cayenne pepper; hamburger buns; watercress
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; chili sauce; prepared horseradish; leeks; shallots; red bell peppers; red onions; garlic; Chardonnay wine; lemons; Italian seasoning; dried red pepper flakes; bay scallops; shrimp; tomato paste; Old Bay seasoning; dried oregano; Tabasco sauce; red snapper; crabmeat; sourdough breadcrumbs; sourdough bread
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; tart apples; curry powder; ground cayenne pepper; sliced almonds; ground chicken; egg whites; green onions; breadcrumbs; sourdough rolls; baby spinach
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; lemons; cilantro; salmon fillets; breadcrumbs; anchovies; shallots; red onions; rice vinegar; sesame seed hamburger buns; spinach
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    • Ingredients: lemons; oranges; red onions; black olives; cilantro; mint; mayonnaise; roasted red peppers; ground cayenne pepper; ground beef chuck; ground lamb; Zinfandel wine; shallots; parsley; ground cumin; fresh ginger; paprika; ground cinnamon; onion rolls; red-leaf lettuce
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  • ISBN 10 1580087205
  • ISBN 13 9781580087209
  • Published Jul 27 2005
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 208
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

Each summer, cooks from the rocky shores of Maine to the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii ignite their imaginations and fire up their grills to create new twists on an icon of North American cuisine: the burger. Thousands of these cooks - both amateur and professional - compete annually in the Build a Better Burger recipe contest, a winner-takes-all national cook-off at Sutter Home Family Vineyards in idyllic Napa Valley.


In this collection marking the fifteenth anniversary of the cook-off, best-selling cookbook author James McNair presents a colorful look at the contest, including each of the forty-four recipes that have won awards since BBB began. Twelve of the illustrious chefs and cookbook authors who have judged the cook-off also share their creative burger recipes.


Some of the innovative and tasty burgers are:


  • Caesar Salad and Flank Steak Burgers with Garlic Crostini
  • Hazelnut-Crusted Lamb Burgers
  • Carolina Pork Barbecue Burgers
  • Green Chile Chicken Burgers with Orange-Chile Salsa and Three-Pepper Cheese Spread
  • Mediterranean Tuna Burgers with Lemon-Basil Mayonnaise


To complement the recipes, Sutter Home's culinary director and executive chef, Jeffrey Starr, suggests a perfect wine match for each one and offers general tips for pairing wine with burgers. And rounding out the book are guidelines for making better burgers and writing recipes for your own award-worthy creations.


Build a Better Burger is the perfect summer companion, full of recipes bound to please every backyard cook. You too will lavish praise on these prizewinners with each better burger you grill up at home.



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