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Pomegranate glazed Fennel and Lamb Burger

A more Eastern version of my favorite beef burger. Flavorful under a veil of pomegranate glaze with carmelized fennel and a salsa of blood orange and mint.

Ingredients 

2 whole medium fennel
¾ cup prepared mayonnaise
3 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
3 & ½ teaspoons salt, TOTAL
1 & ¾ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper, TOTAL
sections of two medium blood oranges, (or other orange)
2 Tablespoons honey, TOTAL
½ cup teaspoon Colavita extra virgin olive oil, TOTAL
3 fresh mint leaves, chopped
3 Tablespoons Sutter Home Merlot wine, plus 1 & ½ cups
2 lbs. Ground lamb
1 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus ¼ cup
½ teaspoon garam masala spice
about 1 Tablespoon cooking oil for grill
3/4 cup fresh feta cheese crumbles
6 squarish shaped artisanal soft bakery buns

Instructions 

Cut off fennel “fronds” and chop 2 tablespoons of frond, place into small bowl, add mayonaise 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside, chill if possible. Chop orange, add 1 tablespoon honey, olive oil, and mint, set aside, chill if possible. Prepare burgers, In medium bowl mix, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 3 Tablespoons wine, and lamb, together gently and shape into 6 patties. Set aside. Heat grill to 400° and place large ovenproof skillet over grids. Add 1 & ½ cups wine, 1 cup pomegranate juice, and 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar and remaining 1 tablespoon honey. Simmer and reduce until thick, about ¾ cup, remove from heat and stir in garam masala. For camelized fennel. Cut off any bad areas from bulb and remove “core” Quarter bulb and separate pieces. Place pieces on top rack of grill or away from hottest flame. In small bowl mix with fork, ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt. Baste balsamic sauce over fennel as it cooks. Grill and turn fennel until nicely caramelized about 10 or 15 minutes. Close grill in between. Remove fennel, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon pepper and set aside. Brush grill with cooking oil and place burgers on hottest part of grill and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, basting heavily with pomegranate sauce. During last minute sprinkle with feta and close lid. Cook until just barely pink in center. Split buns and brush with 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil . Grill oil side down until golden. To assemble. Spread both sides of buns with fennel mayo, top with caramelized fennel, burger, orange salsa, and top bun. Serves 6.

Comments 

Serve with more Sutter Home Merlot and enjoy. No Blue cheese in sight.