Sweet & Smoky Spanish Beef Burgers With Pickled Saffron Pears

Scenes from the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger 25th Annual Cookoff

Smoky Spanish Beef Burgers with Pickled Saffron Pears was the winning recipe at the 25th Annual @SutterHome #Buildabetterburger contest and it truly is a winner for your next cook out! The burger is juicy, with salty prosciutto, spicy aioli and has tangy pickled pears!

If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine the perfect location for a dream cookout surrounded by your closest friends, where would that be? A secluded beach, perhaps? A rooftop garden in the city? A garden in Italy? A sun-washed terrace in wine country? Well, a cookout amidst vineyards was a dream come true for me, where creative burgers were paired with wine as the sun set over the wineries of St. Helena.

The beautiful setting of the Sutter Home 25th Annual Build a Better Burger Cookoff | www.kitchenconfidante.com

The vineyards at the Sutter Home 25th Annual Build a Better Burger Cookoff | www.kitchenconfidante.com

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