Death By Chocolate, Burger

Pairs well with:

Sauvignon Blanc

With hints of passion fruit, melon, and citrus, this wine beckons you to kick back and find a perfect porch swing.


1. Strawberries (1 lb)
2. Dark Brown Sugar (2heaping tsp, 1.5 Tbsp)
3. Balsamic Vinegar (2 tsp, 3/4 cup)
4. Molasses (3/4 cup)
5. Milk Chocolate Chips (1/4 plus 1 Tbsp, about 30 chips)
6. Salt (2 heaping tsp, 3 tsp)
7. Ground Black Pepper (1 tsp, 2tsp)
8. Liquid Smoke (4 tsp, 1 tsp)
9. Ground Chuck (20% fat) (2 lb)
10. Fresh Garlic (4 large cloves)
11. Cinnamon (2 tsp)
12. Cocoa Powder (4 tsp)
13. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
14. White Chocolate Chips (about 30 chips, 6 Tbsp)
15. Mayonnaise (3/4 cup)
16. Whole Wheet Kaiser Rolls, cut in half (6)
Vegetable Oil (for grill)



Strawberry Topping: 1 lb strawberries 2 tsp (heaping) dark brown sugar 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar Chocolate BBQ Sauce: ¾ cup balsamic vinegar ¾ cup molasses 1½ Tablespoons dark brown sugar ¼ cup plus 1 Tablespoon milk chocolate chips 2 tsp (heaping) salt (ground sea salt preferred) 1 tsp black pepper (fresh ground) 4 tsp Liquid Smoke Patties: 2 lb ground chuck (20% fat) 4 garlic cloves (chopped fine) 3 tsp salt (ground sea/kosher salt) 2 tsp black pepper (fresh ground) 2 tsp cinnamon 4 tsp cocoa powder 6 Tablespoons Chocolate BBQ Sauce 1 tsp liquid smoke 2 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil milk chocolate chips white chocolate chips White Chocolate Mayonnaise: ¾ cup mayonnaise 6 Tablespoons white chocolate chips Buns: 6 whole wheat Kaiser buns extra virgin olive oil salt (ground sea/kosher salt) black pepper (fresh ground) cocoa powder Vegetable oil for grill rack Directions: To make the strawberry topping hull strawberries and cut into smaller sized cube pieces. Combine cut strawberries, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Toss and set aside, let sit for at least 30 minutes before using to allow juices to form (can be made an hour or more ahead of time). Start gas grill on low heat. To make the chocolate barbeque sauce, add the balsamic vinegar and molasses to a sauce pan over low heat on grill. Bring up to heat and add brown sugar. After sugar dissolves allow to reduce for 2 minutes then add the milk chocolate chips. Once chips have melted season lightly with salt and pepper and add liquid smoke. Remove from heat to warming area. When the sauce cools it sets up and becomes thick, place back on grill to increase the heat when you are ready to use the sauce. To make the patties mix the ground beef, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cocoa powder, BBQ Sauce, liquid smoke, and olive oil in a large bowl. Do not over work; knead until everything is mixed throughout. Divide into six portions and roll into a ball. Press 5 milk chocolate and 5 white chocolate chips into each ball. Press the balls flat into patties, slightly thicker around the edges of the patties. Season both side of patties with salt, pepper, and cocoa powder. To make the white chocolate mayonnaise, in another small sauce pan over low heat on grill combine ¾ cup of mayonnaise with 6 Tablespoons white chocolate chips. When chips are melted and well mixed remove from heat. Turn grill onto high. Brush each open face of buns with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and cocoa powder. When grill is up to temperature brush the grill rack with oil and place patties on grill. Cook 4-5 minutes and turn the patties, cooking an additional 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness. After patties have been flipped place the buns cut side down on the grill until toasted. To assemble the burgers place a patty on the bottom bun topped with a 2-3 Tablespoons of the diced balsamic strawberry topping. Spread white chocolate mayo on the top bun, drizzle a small amount of Chocolate BBQ sauce (about 1 tsp) on top of the White Chocolate Mayo. Place bun on top and serve immediately. Enjoy! Makes 6 burgers.