Expensive Merlot Wine & Brie Stuffed Burgers

Expensive Merlot wine is fine when you are at a fine restaurant and looking to impress, but when you are home?  You just want it to have an expensive merlot wine taste.  But wouldn’t it be even better if it were delivered right to your door?  Before we go into those details, let’s check out the recipe I have chosen to be paired with a bottle of our club’s Merlot, the Apila.

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I chose the Apila, a Merlot from the Central Valley region in Chile. This is described as a vibrant red that the process included being fermented in stainless steel. Because it has been untouched by oak, the wine can speak for itself. The aroma you can smell include blackberry and plum. This is a New World Red from a classic grape, the Merlot. Our tasting card says to try it with your favorite cheeses or steak cut.

Which makes it a perfect choice for our Brie Burger – Beef and cheese in one bite!

Prep your Palette: Brie Stuffed Burgers!

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With a fun and delicious take on Minnesota’s iconic Juicy Lucy, this burger is stuffed with an oozing brie center and slathered with spicy scallion mayo spread. If you are ever in the area, you need to do a quick Google search for the 5-8 Club. There are multiple locations but is the known home of the Juicy Lucy.



For spicy scallion paste:

  • Thinly slice 4 scallions
  • Mince 2 garlic cloves
  • Thinly slice Serrano Chile
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

For the burgers:

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 oz brie cheese, rind removed & cut into 4 pieces
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 4 hamburger buns of your choice
  • 1 large tomato, cut in 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, leaves separated


  1. Make spicy scallion paste: In a food processor, pulse scallions, garlic, chile, lemon zest, olive oil, and salt together until a chunky paste forms. Set 4 tablespoons aside. With remaining scallion paste, mix it with 1/4 cup mayonnaise; set aside and refrigerate for later use.
  2. Grill Prep: Start a grill for pre-heating on high heat. You can also place a grill pan on a burner on the stove over high heat. (You know in case Mother Nature isn’t working with your plans.)
  3. Patty Making: Now while the grill is preheating, take a medium size bowl, and place the hamburger in it. Season with salt & pepper the ground beef. Then form 8 thin patties. Take 4 patties and place a slice of Brie and a tablespoon of scallion paste on top. Take the 4 remaining patties and place on top of the other 4, pinch the edges of the patties together to seal the cheese inside.
  4. Brush burgers with oil and grill over high heat, turning once or twice, about 8 minutes for medium-rare patties. Two minutes before serving, grill hamburger buns until toasted.
  5. To assemble burgers: Taking the scallion mayonnaise you had set aside, spread a thin layer on the insides of buns. Finish by filling each bun with a burger, tomato, and lettuce.
  6. Pair with an exquisite wine like the Super Tators Recipe found here and a bottle of Merlot for a magnificent meal.

Serves 4 – Well better get a 2nd bottle of wine to make sure all 4 get some!

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Expensive Merlot Wine vs Other Merlot Wine

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