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Tuscan-style Marinated Artichoke Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Mozzarella di Bufala

It's a special time when a family of seven takes time to be creative in the kitchen and artichokes is probably our favorite vegetable. Even our kids, ages 5 to 12, all love them. The youngest isn't quite sold on the marinated variety just yet and our 12 year old is being groomed for grill-mastery - a future BBB contestant!

Ingredients 

1 (10 ounce) jar Colavita marinated artichokes
1/4 cup Sutter Home Zinfandel
1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons Acadia Natural –Roasted Garlic Tuscan Grill Marinade, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium red onion
2 tablespoons and 1/3 cup mayonnaise, divided,
3 large balls of Italian Buffalo Mozzarella
Burgers:
2-1/2 pounds ground beef chuck (80/20% lean to fat)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon Acadia/wine marinade mix (above)
1 tablespoon prepared roasted minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 head Romaine lettuce
6 Kaiser rolls, split
Vegetable oil, for the grill.

Instructions 

Preheat the gas grill to medium-high. Empty the marinated artichoke hearts into a strainer and set aside. In another small bowl, combine ¼ cup Sutter Home Zinfandel, ½ cup Acadia grill marinade, and ¼ teaspoon salt; set aside. For stuffing, finely chop 2 tablespoons of red onion and medium-coarsely chop the artichokes, setting both in a small bowl. Fold in 2 tablespoon mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon marinade/wine mixture. Set aside. For topping, paper-towel dry 1 mozzarella ball, dice, and set into an empty small bowl. Add a little less than half of the artichoke mixture, folding together. Set aside. Combine ground beef with ¼ cup marinade/wine mixture, 1 tablespoon prepared roasted minced garlic , 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano, 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary, and 1 ½ teaspoons dried red pepper flakes. Combine well and divide meat into 6 equal size balls. Holding each, flatten and form a “well” in the centers. Add a rounded teaspoon of artichoke mixture (the one with no cheese in it), fold, seal and reshape with a slight indentation in the centers. Tear bun sized portions of lettuce leaves for underneath burgers, rinse, dry, and set aside. Rinse, dry, and shred more lettuce, about 1 ½ cups, and thinly slice red onion for about 12 rings. Paper-towel dry 2 mozzarella balls, split in half and slice about 1/8”thick. Fork-wisk together 2 tablespoons of the marinade/wine mixture with 1/3 cup mayonnaise for dressing, set aside. Cut open the buns, giving them a thick base (about 2/3 of bun at the bottom), and place cut side on the grill for a few seconds until lightly browned and set aside, loosely covered with foil. Brush the grill rack with oil. Place the burgers on the rack, brushing tops with marinade/wine mixture. Flip and baste about every 3 minutes for 9 minutes. Turn once more, baste lightly and add slices of Mozzarella to each, arranging with a hole in the center to help secure more topping later. Cover for 1 or 2 minutes minute allowing the cheese to begin melting. Remove burgers to a platter. Toss buns back on the grill for a couple of seconds on each side to warm, and remove. To assemble, put a thin layer of dressing on the bottom half of buns, then a layer of dry lettuce pieces, the burgers, two red onion rings, a rounded teaspoon of artichoke topping (the one with diced mozzarella), and a layer of shredded lettuce. Spread dressing on top bun more generously and top off your artichoke treat - ready to eat! Makes six generous burgers.

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My first time entering your contest and want to say that I, and my whole family, really appreciate your involvement with breast cancer fund raising as I am a survivor of 4 years! My computer keeps giving me an error reading after submitting so please excuse me if this is a multiple entry - I have no idea if you have received the other two tries. Thanks for your time looking at my recipe!