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Burger with Strawberry Ancho BBQ

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Ingredients:

For the burger:

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Burger seasoning, to taste (we used paprika, light brown sugar, salt, and pepper)
  • Ciabatta Buns
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • 8 strips of thick-cut bacon
  • 2 sliced avocados
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Pickles

For the sauce*:

  • 16 oz California Giant strawberries, quartered
  • 2 dried ancho chiles, stem and seeds removed, quartered
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon

*you can use this sauce in many other BBQ favorites, like these Strawberry Ancho BBQ Ribs!

Directions:

  • Heat a large saute pan over medium/high heat.

  • Add 2 T canola oil and the dried ancho chiles, stir for 1 minute to soften chiles.

  • Add quartered strawberries and stir to combine, cook for 3 minutes while stirring every 30 seconds.

  • Add the red wine vinegar and molasses, stir to combine, then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

  • Remove from pan into a blender, add 1 tsp kosher salt, the juice of one lemon, and blend until smooth.

  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer (gives a smooth consistency, but not a must if you don’t have).

  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, and seasoning and form mixture into 1/4 pound patties.
  • Press the center of the patty to indent and grill to preferred doneness.
  • Grill ciabatta buns to toast and add cheese if desired.
  • Assemble using your favorite burger toppings (and lots of strawberry ancho BBQ sauce!)
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35 minutes
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