Chili-Crusted Burgers

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Bright and full-bodied, this Zinfandel wine is a curious contradiction in tastes.

I created this burger for some visiting friends who love to travel.It is meaty with a flavorful twist. It is also quick and easy to prepare which gives me more time to enjoy my friends’ interesting travel stories.


3/4 pound grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium sweet onions, sliced into 1/4-inch slivers
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1.5 lbs ground beef chuck (85/15 mix)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 large garlic clove, crushed
6 small baguettes


Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas). When it is hot, oil the grates of the grill.

1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, salt, pepper to create the relish. Set aside.

2. Divide meat and form 6 equal burgers.

3: In a medium size bowl, mix chili powder, brown sugar, salt, lime juice and garlic. Press one burger into the bowl with seasoning; turn to season both sides. Repeat for all burgers.

4. Cook the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes; Turn and cook additional 4 to 5 minutes more or until done.

5. Transfer burgers to baguettes. Top with the tomato-onion relish and serve immediately.