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Contest gives $100,000 for 'Better Burger'

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A hamburger cooked with strawberry barbecue sauce was the $100,000 winner at the Sutter Home Winery's Build a Better Burger contest in Florida.

The burger, created by Jaeger Stoltz, 43, of Seattle bested four other finalists in the beef burger portion of the contest, held on South Beach in Miami Beach, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

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Gina Haase of New Jersey took home the $15,000 prize in the alternative category, which involved burgers made without beef, for her turkey sliders inspired by Chinese dumplings.

Sutter Home officials said the competition was started 20 years ago to promote their wine.

"A lot of people were only using wine around the holidays," company president Bob Torkelson said. "We wanted to teach Americans that wine goes with everyday things. Things like hamburgers."

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