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Mini Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper Relish

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Yields 9 mini burgers

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 114

These juicy little burgers get a double dose of roasted red pepper flavor: The chunky spicysweet relish that’s spooned on top is also mixed into the meat. To serve as a party snack, double the recipe.

  • 6 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed 
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)  
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 cups small-diced roasted red peppers, patted dry (2 to 3 peppers) 
  • 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 
  • Freshly ground black pepper  
  • 1 lb. ground beef (85% lean) 
  • 9 small soft dinner rolls or mini burger rolls, split 

Mix the sherry vinegar and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. 

Heat the oil in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, serrano, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is tender and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the roasted red peppers and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar mixture and simmer until the liquid is mostly evaporated, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in the thyme, season to taste with salt and pepper, and let cool to room temperature. 

Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler on high.

Put the ground beef in a mixing bowl and add 1/2 cup of the relish, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix gently and briefly to avoid overworking the meat. Shape the beef into nine 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Lightly oil a broiler pan. Arrange the burgers on the pan and broil until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the burgers and broil until lightly browned and cooked to medium doneness (140°F), about 2 minutes. 

Serve the burgers in the rolls, topped with the remaining relish. 

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 250; Fat (g): fat g 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 80; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2.5; Protein (g): protein g 13; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 26; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 720; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 30; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Delicious. Loved the relish. Great on mini potato rolls, pepper was not overbearing.

These were super YUMMY and easy. I cut the recipe in half -it made 4 mini-burgers, perfect for 2 and had a little relish left over for other uses. Also I used half a jalepeno ( as that is what I had on hand) and that worked fine.

OMGosh!! this relish is delish!! It gets better over a coupla days, if it lasts that long. I made this relish, the bacon balsamic red onion jam, and caramelized onions (all found here at fine cooking.com) for a mini burger bar birthday dinner. Good thing the burgers were mini size as it was important to try ALL the relishs!! this was definitely a favorite!

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