Bonito Sofrito Double Cheeseburger

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2 pounds ground chuck
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ small yellow onion, grated
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1/3 cup packed cilantro leaves, diced
½ large red pepper, seeds removed and cut in chunks
½ large poblano pepper or green bell pepper, seeds removed and cut in chunks
½ large yellow pepper, seeds removed and cut in chunks
½ small yellow onion, cleaned and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt

6 Manchego cheese slices
6 good quality seeded hamburger bun, split
6 generous tablespoons prepared white Queso cheese dip with green chilies and jalapenos.
¾ cup thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
6 large semi- thin tomato slices
12 California avocado slices


Prepare a medium hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat.
To make the patties, combine the chuck, garlic, paprika, onion, salt, pepper, and cilantro lightly mixing all ingredients. Shape into 6 patties to fit the bun size. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
To prepare the Sofrito combine the red, poblano, yellow peppers, onion, garlic, tomato, cilantro, parsley and paprika in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the ingredients are well mixed but still retain a coarse texture. Refrigerate until ready to use
.Remove the patties and sofrito from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before grilling.
When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with olive oil or vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. Place the cheese slices on the patties during the last 3 minutes of grilling. Place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly during the last 2 minutes of grilling.
To Assemble Burgers proceed as follows for each burger:
Place 1 generous tablespoon Queso dip on bun bottom. Top with lettuce dividing it evenly between the buns. Follow with a tomato slice and 2 slices of avocado. Place the burger on top. Using a slotted spoon, spoon 1 rounded, generous tablespoon of Sofrito sauce or more on top of each burger. Add the bun tops. Serve and enjoy!