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Inside out Baja California Burger

There are three keys to this fantastic burger: inside out cheese, the wonderful influences of Baja California flavors and the great taste of the lime aioli. This burger’s cheese is on the inside rather than the top of the meat. The shredded cheese gently worked into the meat ensures even cheese flavor and an extra juicy burger. The jalapeno-cilantro avocado relish just bursts with fresh flavors and has just a little bit of underlying heat. And, the lime aioli brings everything together for this melt in your mouth burger. Enjoy.


1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 medium garlic cloves, finely minced
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, stems removed
2 cups roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 large California Haas avocado, diced
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Colavita extra virgin olive oil
2 ½ pounds ground chuck (about 20-23% fat)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
22 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
Canola oil for brushing grill rack
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
6 fresh bakery rolls, preferably sesame seed Kaiser, split
3 cups shredded green leaf lettuce


Prepare a medium hot fire in the grill 1. To prepare the lime aioli combine the mayonnaise, garlic, pepper and lime juice until very well mixed. Cover and keep chilled until serving time. 2. To prepare the jalapeno-cilantro avocado relish, combine the jalapeno pepper, cilantro, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, lime juice, salt, pepper and olive oil in a medium bowl. Cover and keep chilled until you are ready to serve. 3. To make the burger patties, combine the ground chuck with the salt and pepper in a large bowl. Fold in the cheese. Form into six equal patties to fit the rolls. 4. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the grill rack. Cook about four to five minutes and turn the patties over. Cook about four to five more minutes for medium. 5. As the burgers finish cooking, spread equal amounts of butter on the tops and bottoms of the rolls. Place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast lightly. Remove rolls to a platter when finished toasting and remove each patty directly onto the bottom of each roll. 6. To assemble the burgers, equally spread the top of each roll with lime aioli. Top each burger with ½ cup of the lettuce and an equal portion of the jalapeno-cilantro avocado relish. Add the roll tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers