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Mediterranean Burger

This recipe by Miguel Vergara won honorable mention in Bella Sun Luci’s 9th Annual Recipe Contest, June 2021.

Mediterranean Burger

This recipe by Miguel Vergara won honorable mention in Bella Sun Luci’s 9th Annual Recipe Contest, June 2021.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: beef
Servings: 4
Author: Miguel Vergara

Ingredients

For the buns

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the Aioli Sun Dried Tomato Spread

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Bella Sun Luci Premium
  • Tomato Halves with Italian Herbs minced
  • Paste of 1 garlic glove

For the burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Bella Sun Luci Premium Tomato Halves with Italian Herbs minced
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Paste of 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ small white onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices provolone cheese or substitute 1-ounce wedges of brie

Toppings

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • Fresh tomato slices
  • Fresh red onion slices
  • 4–8 slices cooked thick-cut bacon (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the buns:

  • Drizzle the burger buns with olive oil. In a toaster oven, on a grill, or in a skillet, brown the buns and set aside.

To prepare the Aioli Sun Dried Tomato Spread:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

To prepare the burgers:

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the burgers, except the cheese. Form into 4 equal-sized burger patties, ¼ inch wider than the buns.
  • Lightly oil skillet or grill and set on a medium heat. When heated, cook the patties on each side for about 4-6 minutes for medium or until desired temperature. Place slice of cheese on top of each warm burger patty to melt.

To build:

  • On the bottom bun, spread 1 generous teaspoon of the aioli mixture and top with grilled burger. Add slices of tomato and red onion plus bacon (if using) and ½ cup mixed greens. Spread 1 tablespoon of the aioli on the cut side of the top bun before placing on top. Mediterranean burger is ready to eat!