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Choco-Burgers

The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair claims to have served the very first hamburger to thousands of appreciative patrons so let's not let a good tradition end.

Americans love burgers, chocolate and chili peppers, so why not create a medley of these ingredients? A fresh peach salsa tops these spicy patties for a sweet and cool finish. Delicious! These chocolate burgers are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser…not to mention a real conversation starter.

Ingredients 

PEACH SALSA

2 ½ cups fresh peaches, peeled and cubed
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
¼ cup sweet Vidalia or Walla Walla onions, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
2 tbsp canned or jarred jalapeños, nacho-style, seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp clover honey
1/8 tsp of kosher salt

PATTIES

¼ cup sesame seeds
1 ½ tbsp Colavita olive oil
¼ cup sweet Vidalia or Walla Walla onion, coarsely chopped
2 tsp minced fresh garlic
2 1/4 lbs. ground chuck
6 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate morsels, coarsely chopped
¼ cup canned or jarred jalapeños, nacho-style, seeded and chopped
3/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 eggs
¼ cup plain breadcrumbs

Colavita olive oil for grill

BUNS

6 soft Kaiser Rolls
1 stick salted butter, softened

Instructions 

For the Peach Salsa, in a large mixing bowl, add cubed peaches. Add tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, honey and salt. Stir well and chill.

Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill.

In a small heat-resistant dry skillet, lightly toast the sesame seeds on grill and set aside for upcoming use in burger mixture. In another heat-resistant skillet, add the olive oil and lightly sauté the onion and garlic, set aside for upcoming use in burger patty mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground chuck, chocolate morsels, jalapeños, allspice, cinnamon, chipotle sauce, salt, pepper, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Add the prepared sesame seeds and the prepared onion and garlic. Combine all ingredients.

Divide mixture into 6 even ¾-inch thick patties.

Brush olive oil over grill rack and grill patties with top closed for 4-5 minutes per side, until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Remove from grill.

For buns, brush cut sides of buns with butter and grill cut sides down until lightly browned. Remove buns and keep warm.

Serve burger patty on bun bottom and top with about 3 spoonfuls of peach salsa. Add roll tops. Repeat for other burgers.

Makes 6 burgers.