The Merlot Swiss Burger is a grilled burger topped with swiss cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms nestled between a toasty potato bun.


It’s been a while since I’ve made a Cook This! Not That! recipe.  I happened to be straightening my cookbooks up the other day and it caught my eye again.    I love the Cook This Not That books.  It’s incredible the number of calories saved by making your take-out favorites at home.


It’s that time of year again, you know, grilling season!  So, when I was going through this book and I saw this a straightforward recipe for the A.1. Swiss Burger I knew that was going to be our dinner that evening.  I also knew that Grumpy wouldn’t go for it, but it was a burger that I could make enough of just for myself and he could have just a regular grilled cheeseburger.


It was so easy to make that I would do it again – and would you believe I didn’t bury it in ketchup?  Nope, I ate it without any ketchup whatsoever!  Try it out if you like mushrooms, onions, and swiss cheese!

In the Cook This! Not That! book this burger is compared to Applebee’s Steakhouse burger.  You would consume 1,190 calories, 82 grams of fat, and 2,070 mg of sodium by eating the Applebee’s burger.  While I made my adjustments to the recipe that is in the cookbook, the calories and fat are still basically cut right in half by following my recipe!

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini April 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Its great to figure out how to enjoy our favourites with fewer calories Shelby.

    • Shelby April 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Totally agree! Its fun too! 🙂

  2. Fallon April 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Wow what a calorie difference in burgers!! Your burger looks delicious, I haven't had a swiss burger in years.

    • Shelby April 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Fallon, its amazing isn't it? It really is no wonder there are so many people in the world with health issues!

  3. Pegasuslegend April 22, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    mouth watering good!

  4. Linda April 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Your burger looks delicious. I love Tastefully Simple products! I have not tried the merlot sauce, but I will now.

  5. Anonymous January 27, 2020 at 4:51 am - Reply


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