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We’ve created flavor fireworks, combining a purist juicy burger with our favorite triple cream cheese, a tangy, sweet tomato relish, and peppery arugula—served on a toasted brioche bun and paired with our all-American classic Estate Brut!


Serves 8

For the Sweet Tomato Relish:

  • 2 cups ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Burgers:

  • 2 lbs high quality ground chuck (80% lean, 20% fat for juicy burgers)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 brioche buns
  • Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam Organic Triple Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • Arugula


For the Sweet Tomato Relish: (make ahead)

1) Combine cherry tomatoes, red onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, brown sugar in a saucepan. Season with salt and pepper.

2) Simmer over medium heat until the tomatoes are soft and the mixture has a jam-like consistency, about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool, then refrigerate until needed.

Relish can be made a day ahead. Bring relish to room temperature before assembling the burger.

For the Burgers:

1) Form the mixture into 8 patties, each about 3/4-inch thick and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Make a small depression in the center of each patty to prevent it from doming up in the center.

2) Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate to prevent sticking. Grill the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach your preferred level of doneness.

3) While the burgers are grilling, spread a generous layer of the (room temperature) Triple Cream Cheese on each toasted brioche bun.

4) Once the burgers are cooked, let them rest for a few minutes, then place each patty on a bun, top with a generous spoonful of Sweet Tomato Relish, a handful of arugula, and finally, the top bun.

Serve immediately with a chilled glass of Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée.