Awesome Omnivore Burgers

Pairs well with:

Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich red easily complements your homemade chicken dishes, red meats, game, and mildly seasoned pastas.


2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
4 tablespoons Colavita Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided use
3/4 cup jarred whole beets, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 and 1/4 cups well-drained canned mandarin oranges, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
2/3 cup chopped shallots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted green olives
Salt to taste
Fresh black pepper to taste
3 large slices multi-grain bread
1 15-ounce can light kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped jarred roasted red bell peppers
1/2 cup minced shallots
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon smoked hot paprika (or substitute chipotle chile powder)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup (fairly packed–about 4 ounces) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
6 multi grain burger buns, split
8 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
2 and 1/2 cups bagged & pre-washed fresh baby arugula



To Make Relish: Whisk the lemon juice, marmalade and 2 tablespoons olive oil (reserve remaining olive oil for brushing grill) in a medium bowl. Mix in the beets, oranges, 2/3 cup shallots and olives. Season relish to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.

To make Burgers: Prepare gas grill to medium-high heat. Process bread slices into crumbs in a food processor. Transfer to large bowl.

Pulse beans, peppers, 1/2 cup minced shallots, cilantro, garlic, cornstarch, paprika, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and egg in food processor until blended but slightly chunky. Add bean mixture and Parmesan cheese to bowl with breadcrumbs; gently mix to combine. Shape into 6 patties.

Toast buns on grill (cut side down) about 2 minutes. Brush grill rack with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill patties on grill rack, cover, and cook, turning once (be careful), until cooked through and crispy brown on outside, about 5-6 minutes per side. Divide goat cheese on patties for final 2 minutes of grilling. To serve, place equal portions of arugula, followed by a cheese-topped patty on bun bottoms; top with an equal portion of relish. Add bun tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.