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Ruby Hill Winery
February 17, 2023 | Ruby Hill Winery

Hamburgers & Wine

Does the chilly weather have you longing for a touch of summer? You’re not alone! We are coping with the wait by bringing some of our favorite summertime foods into the kitchen, starting with the american classic: hamburgers. It may not be time to bust out the grill quite yet, but we aren’t letting that hold us back. Make sure you have a trusty cast-iron skillet and let’s get cooking. 

Cast Iron Skillet Burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef, recommended 85/15
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 slices cheese of choice
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 8 pickle chips
  1. In a large bowl add the beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper and form into 4 equal portions.
  2. Shape into patties and press down on the middle of the patty to make an indentation.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat; add the butter and sliced onions.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until translucent and just starting to caramelize.
  5. Remove onions from the pan and raise heat to high.
  6. Add beef patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side.
  7. For cheeseburgers, cover the patties with cheddar cheese and let melt for 30 seconds then remove patties.
  8. Spread buns with mayonnaise (or burger spread of choice)
  9. Place bun bottoms in the skillet, working in batches based on the size of your skillet, mayonnaise side down.
  10. Cook for 3 minutes until browned.
  11. Remove bun bottoms and add bun tops, mayonnaise side down while you assemble burgers.
  12. Add beef patty, topped with onions, lettuce, tomato, and finally the bun tops.

Recipe from Sabrina Snyder for Dinner then Dessert

It’s hard to get more classic than this dish! If you want to add a classy touch, we have some wine pairing options that will elevate your burgers to a new level. 

Our go-to wine for this kind of meal is always Grapeful Red. This deliciously drinkable wine brings full flavor and quality at an unmatched price, and reminds us not to take things too seriously—life’s too short for that.

Another reliable pairing for hamburgers is Cabernet Sauvignon, where the tannin cuts through the natural fat of the meat and enhances the flavor. If you choose a nice sharp cheddar to make cheeseburgers, then Cab is even more harmonious. 

Our Cuvée Dray red blend is also a delicious companion for hamburgers. In addition to being absolutely delicious, this award-winning Bordeaux blend reminds us to savor the things in life that bring us joy, big and small!

What are you drinking on burger night? Let us know @rubyhillwines.


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