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Three Pepper Burgers with Sweet Habanera Mayonnaise

Preparation Time: 20 minutes (10 minutes to prepare mayonnaise and 10 minutes to prepare patties) Cooking Time 30 minutes (20 minutes to cook onions and peppers for mayonnaise and 10 minutes to cook patties and toast rolls) Truly the best burger you will ever taste. The peppers in this burger give a wonderful zest that is balanced with the sweet addition of Zinfandel. Over the grill these flavors are enhanced and the product is a burger that everyone loves. This burger is further enhanced with a sweet and spicy mayonnaise. The Habaneras give an incredible roasted heat while the roasted onion and honey provide the perfect amount of sweet in this mayonnaise.


Habanera Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 fresh Habanera peppers seeded and sliced it fourths
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
3/4 cup light mayonnaise
¼ cup honey
1½ pounds ground sirloin
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
¼ cup Sutter Home White Zinfandel
¾ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
¾ teaspoon fresh ground green pepper
¾ teaspoon fresh ground red pepper
1 teaspoon seasoned salt olive oil for brushing the grill rack
6 Kaiser rolls split
olive oil for brushing the Kaiser rolls
1 full bunch of Butter Lettuce
1 head Radicchio Lettuce
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced


Directions Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the sweet habanera mayonnaise, heat olive oil in a fireproof skillet. Sauté Habanera peppers until slightly roasted. Remove peppers from skillet and set aside. Sauté onions until almost clear. Place roasted peppers and onions in a small food processor and blend to a finely chopped consistency. In a small bowl, stir pepper and onion mixture into mayonnaise and honey until well blended. Place mayonnaise in refrigerator until serving. To make the patties, place ground sirloin in a large bowl. Add Worcestershire, Zinfandel, black, green, red pepper, and seasoned salt. Mix gently as not to over handle the ground sirloin. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and form patties. Brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and grill 4 – 5 minutes. While patties cook on the first side, brush inside of each roll with olive oil and set aside. Turn patties and continue to grill until cooked to preference, approximately 5 minutes for medium cooked burgers. As soon as patties are turned, place rollss on outer portion of the grill rack, open side down to slightly toast. Remove toasted rolls from grill and place each on a plate open. Place one burger on each bottom roll. Place approximately 1 tablespoon Habanera Mayonnaise on top of each burger, then add three leaves of Butter Lettuce and 2 leaves of Radicchio Lettuce. Place two red bell pepper slices on top of the lettuce and add approximately 1 tablespoon of additional Habanera Mayonnaise on top of the peppers. Then close with the top half of the roll and serve.