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Pirate Burgers

This is a hearty burger with lots of flavor and spice. The wine, garlic and deep flavor of the molasses make this a feast fit for the pirate searching for a treasure! The potato chips are a real surprise, adding an unusual flavor.


1 Cup Ketchup
½ cup Sutter Home Merlot wine
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup dark molasses
1 T Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic
½ cup chopped red onion
2 t salt
Burger patties:
1 pound of ground chuck
2 eggs
1 – 5 oz. package of chips, Honey Dijon flavor
1 t salt
½ cup of Sauce (above)
½ cup chopped red onion
Other ingredients:
4 onion burger buns
Red leaf lettuce
Vegetable Oil for the grill


1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients (ketchup, merlot, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire, garlic cloves, onion, salt) in a blender. Blend on low until the onions are mashed, but not pureed. 2. Simmer the sauce on low for 2 hours. Allow to cool. 3. Open one corner of the potato chip bag so that air can escape. Then use a rolling pin, and roll the chips (still in the bag) until they are mashes into small pieces 4. Mix the burger ingredients in a bowl (meat, eggs, potato chips, salt, onions and sauce). 5. Shape the meat into four burgers. 6. Brush the grill and place the burgers near the heat, but not directly over the heat. Do not char the burgers. 7. Place the burger buns, face down, on the edge of the grill, lightly toasting. 8. Turn when the juices run clear. When grilled to 160 degrees, remove from heat. 9. Place the burger in the bun. Add a piece of lettuce and sauce. Enjoy!