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Sweet-Hot Thai Surprise

This is a great burger. The cold salad, with a warm bun and burger, and the spicy sauce in the salad. It's a winning combination.


2 1/2pounds-fresh ground chuck
2 teaspoons-kosher salt
3/4 cup-sweet chili sauce
1 cup-mayonnaise
1/4 cup-chopped fresh cilantro
1-English cucumber-cut into matchstick pieces
1-red pepper-cut into matchstick pieces
1 1/2 cup-fresh bean sprouts
2 cloves-fresh garlic-chopped
1 tablespoon-Cola-vita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 teaspoon-kosher salt
2 teaspoons-sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon-fresh ginger-peeled and grated
1/2 cup-chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup-chopped fresh basil
4-green onions-sliced
2 cups-Spicy Thai Kettle Chips-placed in a ziploc type bag and smashed flat, but not in real small pieces
Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill rack
6-4 1/2 inch hamburger buns with sesame seeds, split


To start the patties: To a large bowl add the fresh ground chuck, kosher salt, and the sweet chili sauce. Mix very lightly; set aside. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the sauce mixture: In a small bowl add mayonnaise, juice from one lime, and cilantro. Mix together well. Cover and refrigerate until serving. To make the Thai salad: In a medium size bowl add the cucumber, red pepper, and bean sprouts; set aside. In a small bowl mix together juice from 4 limes, garlic, Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, kosher salt, sweet chili sauce, ginger, cilantro, and basil. Mix well. Add to cucumber, red pepper, and bean sprout mixture, stir well. Cover and set aside. To ground chuck mixture add green onion. Just before making patties add Kettle Thai chip pieces to mixture. Mix lightly and form into 6 equal patties. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer reads 160 degrees, about 3-4 minutes per side. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers: Spoon a generous amount of sauce mixture on the cut sides of the buns. On each bun bottom, place a grilled patty, add equal portions of the Thai salad mix. Add the top buns and serve.


A nice pairing with this slightly spicy burger is Sutter Home Pinot Grigio. Enjoy an evening with friends, family, and Sutter Home wines.