Crying Tiger Burgers with Green Papaya Slaw and Sriracha Avocado Spread

Pairs well with:

White Zinfandel

With strawberry and melon essences, this American original is perfectly at home with however you like to unwind.


2 small ripe California avocados
2 tsp. plus 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (2 tsp. for spread and 2 Tbsp. for slaw)
2 tsp. sriracha (1 tsp. for spread and 1 tsp. for burgers)
1 1/2 cups green papaya, peeled and shredded
2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped (2 Tbsp. for slaw and 2 Tbsp. for burgers)
1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves, chopped
3 Tbsp. Thai fish sauce (1 Tbsp. for slaw and 2 Tbsp. for burgers)
3 small hot fresh chili peppers, seeded and minced (1 for slaw and 2 for burgers)
3 tsp. palm or granulated sugar (2 tsp. for slaw and 1 tsp. for burgers)
2 lbs. ground beef chuck
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tsp. fresh ginger, finely minced
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. Kosher salt
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 sesame buns, split



Preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the Sriracha Avocado Spread, mash avocados in small bowl with 2 tsp. lime juice and 1 tsp. sriracha. Cover and chill. To make the Green Papaya Slaw, in large bowl, combine green papaya, tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. cilantro, and mint. In small bowl, whisk together remaining 2 Tbsp. lime juice, 1 Tbsp. fish sauce, 1 chili pepper, and 2 tsp. sugar. Pour over papaya mixture; tossing to coat. Cover and chill. To make the burger patties, combine the ground chuck, shallot, ginger, garlic, salt, and remaining 1 tsp. sriracha, 2 Tbsp. cilantro, 2 Tbsp. fish sauce, 2 chili peppers, and 1 tsp. sugar in large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form into patties to fit the rolls. Brush the hot grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5-7 minutes on each side for medium. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers, spread a generous amount of the Sriracha Avocado Spread over the cut sides of the buns. On each bun bottom, place a patty and an equal portion of the Green Papaya Slaw. Add the bun tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.