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Picadillo Burgers with Olive-Caper Relish

I was inspired to create this recipe after making empanadas for some of my friends.

Ingredients 

Olive-Caper Relish:
2 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
1/4 cup capers
Patties:
2 pounds ground chuck
1/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
1/4 cup raisins
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 potato hamburger rolls, split

Instructions 

• Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. • To make the relish, when the grill is ready, add the olive oil, onion and pepper to a 12-inch nonstick, fire proof skillet and place skillet on top of the grill rack. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are very soft, about 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix tomato paste and sherry vinegar together. Stir tomato mixture into vegetables and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from the grill rack and cool for 10 minutes. Stir in olives and capers, and set aside. • To make the patties, spread the chuck out in a large shallow pan. Evenly distribute almonds, raisins, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, allspice, pepper and salt over the meat. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls. • To cook the patties, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the grill rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. • To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom, place a patty and an equal portion of the olive-caper relish. Add the roll tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.