Recipes from Sutter Home Winery's Build a Better Burger Contest
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
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Each year, thousands of cooks from coast to coast compete in Sutter Home Winery’s Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest. Ten of these creative home chefs are flown to Napa Valley each September to participate in the BBB Cook-Off, frequently shown on Food Network Challenge. Burger Parties marks the event’s 20th anniversary with contest-winning burgers loaded with flavor-enhancing extras and party-ready menus bound to be a hit at any backyard bash.
Whether you’re in the mood for a Southwest fiesta, New Orleans jazz brunch, tropical patio get-together, or complete festa Italiana, this collection of all-inclusive, themed menus for burger-centric entertaining will delight your palate and your guests.
Packed with more than 60 full-color photographs, James McNair and Jeffrey Starr showcase the new frontier in burgers with inventive recipes for
Ocean State Swordfish Burgers
Smoky-Sweet Bacon Burgers
Pineapple Upside-Down Jerk Burgers
Sweet-Hot Thai Burgers
Little Italy Sausage Burgers
Home on the Range Buffalo Burgers
and loads more.
Burger Parties features sixteen crowd-pleasing menus with recipes for prize-winning burgers, appetizers, sides, and desserts, plus wine and beverage pairings that are sure to inspire backyard grillers and frequent entertainers with new ways to spice up your gatherings.
James McNair is the author of over 40 cookbooks and recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award of Excellence. He is the honorary chairman and head judge of Sutter Home Winery’s Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest.
Jeffrey Starr serves as the culinary director and executive chef for Trinchero Family Estates, where he entertains and educates industry professionals in food and wine. He is the culinary director for Sutter Home Winery’s Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest.
"Burger Parties is exactly what the name promises: an extravaganza of grilled proteins nuzzled between two buns such as "Little Italy Sausage Burgers," "Sweet-Hot Thai Burgers," and "Bouillabaise Sliders," as well as killer side dishes, suggested beverage accompaniments and some treats for the sugar tooth too."
"If you like to entertain, the beautifully photographed "Burger Parties" by James McNair and Jeffrey Starr offers new ideas for a backyard bash, with 16 all-inclusive, themed menus built around burgers."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/27/10
“Check out the cookbook for some burger ideas that are guaranteed to make the first official barbecue of the season a winning event.”
--The Detroit News, 5/27/10
"Everyone loves burgers, of course, but perhaps it's time to come up with some exciting burger options to shake up the usual spread. To do so, we turned to a new cookbook called Burger Parties. Inside the 192-page paperback, filled with festive food photos, are recipes that include winners from Sutter Home Winery's annual Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest and Cook-Off.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/26/10
"This is the white table cloth burger book. . . . What you have in this book is not just a fab burger recipe per chapter, you have all of the antipasti, sides, and desserts to accompany them, around the theme, as well as the wine pairings! Of all the grilling books I brought in for a colleague to choose from for a gift to someone who regularly grills, she chose this one as the most well-rounded for a complete dining experience."
"You would expect some fabulous burger recipes here. There are. But this book also contains a wealth of ideas for foods that complement burgers."
--Dayton Daily News, 5/10/10
"This collection is fun and features burgers in new and exciting ways. A burger isn’t necessarily just a burger if you have the ability to use a little imagination and experiment."
--Tuscon Citizen, 4/9/10