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Caribbean Sunshine Burgers

My sweet and spicy Carribbean Sunshine Burgers are small burgers packed with a punch. I use the freshest ingredients to make these juicy little burgers their very best. I created this recipe based on one of my grilled chicken recipes. All of my friends and family think I have missed my calling because I am not a professional Chef. I work in corporate America and cook for fun. Cooking is my passion and I have enjoyed working on this recipe for my first ever cooking contest entry.


3 T fresh avocado, mashed
3 T Hellman’s Real Mayo
7 T Sugar Free Apricot Preserves
1 T fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 T fresh oregano, finely chopped
2 T honey
2 T Sutter Home Chardonnay
1 T Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
1 T Cumin Dash of ground cinnamon
1 T coarse salt
1/2 T freshly ground black pepper
1.25 pounds of freshly ground beef chuck
3 T Canola Oil
6 King's Hawaiian Rolls
6 thin slices of red onion


Get grill going so it will be hot and ready for you. Mix avocado, mayo and 3 tablespoons of the apricot preserves with a wisk. Leave some texture to this condiment. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth. Cover and refrigerate. Mix remaining 4 tablespoons of apricot preserves, thyme, oregano, honey, Chardonnay, Caribbean Jerk seasoning, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper and ground beef chuck. Thoroughly incorporate all ingredients. Avoid overmixing. Shape into 6 burgers. Burgers will be slightly smaller than average, but don't worry - the taste will be huge! Brush hot grill with canola oil. Be careful! Place burgers directly on hot grill and cook to a perfect "almost well done" of 165 degrees. Remove burgers and cover with aluminum foil. Split the Hawaiian rolls in half like buns and grill lightly. Remove buns and slather with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Apricot Avocado Mayo. Add the yummy burgers and 1 thin slice of red onion. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


I made these burgers smaller because the flavor is so huge. They are also easier to handle and you don't have condiments and toppings spilling out everywhere. There is nothing worse than a burger so big you can't get it into your mouth! I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as I do. Mary