McFadden Farm Summertime Burgers

McFadden Farm Summertime Burgers 


  • 2 cups of 2012 McFadden Farm Old Vine Zinfandel
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lb McFadden Farm organic grass fed ground beef
  • McFadden Farm organic garlic flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium slicing tomato, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • Olive oil 
  • 3 Burger "everything" buns
  • 3 slices of your favorite cheese


  • Preheat your grill to medium-high.
  • In a medium sauce pan over high heat, combine the wine and brown sugar, stirring until dissolved.
  • Let boil and reduce to 6 Tbsp (3/8 cup). This will take about ~30 minutes. Let cool to room temp, ~10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, crumble McFadden Farm organic ground beef and season with salt, pepper, McFadden Farm garlic flakes and a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add 1/8 cup of McFadden red wine reduction and lightly toss to mix.
  • Form 3 burger patties, handling as little as possible (they'll feel really loose and fragile). 
  • Drizzle tomato slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place burgers and tomatoes on the grill. Grill the burgers to desired doneness (we typically cook both the tomatoes and burgers ~4 minutes on each side).
  • Top with a slice of cheese and remove from the grill.
  • Place on a burger bun, drizzle the remaining red wine over the burgers, and top with a grilled tomato slice and the top bun.

Pair with 2012 McFadden Old Vine Zinfandel

Note: If a culinary adventurer, make your red wine reduction a little more rich using McFadden Old Vine Zin, beef stock, McFadden Grilling Herbs, brown sugar, and chilled butter.