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Awesome Abiquiu Burger

Hi: We just recently moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico. This is where the artist Georgia O'keffee lived and painted. As lots of chilli's are grown here as well as herbs and pine nuts from pinon trees I decide to create a recipe based on locally grown ingredients, most are grown on farms along the Chama River . Enjoy! Melinda :)


Meat Mixture:
1.5 lb freshly ground chuck beef
1 whole large egg
1 tbs olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1 to 2 limes)
1/4 cup fresh finely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped pine (pinon) nuts, unsalted
1.5 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp chipolte chili pepper
2 fresh garlic clove pressed or finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. freshly chopped oregano
1 tsp cumin
dark green leaf lettuce
sliced ripe red tomato
sliced ripe Haas avocado
Bun; cracked wheat
Grill: Olive oil spray


Take meat from refrigerator and place in glass bowl. Add egg and olive oil and mix well. Press or finely chop 2 fresh garlic cloves and place aside. Cut limes in half , remove seeds, squeeze fresh juice into cup and measure out 1/4 cup. Add to meat. Mix well. Add finely chopped pine nuts. Mix well. Add 1.5 tsp sea salt,1.5 tsp chipolte chilli pepper and 1 tsp cumin . Mix well. Finely chop cilantro, oregano, parsley. Add 1/4 cup of cilantro and parsley each. Mix well. Add 1 tsp fresh oregano. Mix well. Add prepared garlic cloves. Mix well. Form into six appx. equal size burgers. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to grill. Prepare green leaf lettuce, sliced tomato and avocado, Cover and set in refrigerator until ready to serve. Clean gas grill and rack. Remove rack and spray both sides well with olive oil spray and set to side. Light grill and heat on high for 3 minutes. Place rack on grill and place prepared burger patties on grill and seer on high for 2 minutes. Lower heat to low medium heat , close lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes and flip and cook other side for 2 to 3 minutes with lid closed. Check internal temperature with thermometer as you want it to reach 160 or higher. Warm cracked wheat bun. Place lettuce, tomato, avocado on bun, add burger and enjoy.


This has nuts so is not to be consummed with anyone with a known nut allergy. It has a spicy tang due to chilli pepper and so is for those who like a little spicy. It has the flavors and seasonings that are indigenious to New Mexico. Happy taste buds!