Fire Burger

Pairs well with:

White Zinfandel

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


3 Tbls. butter
1 Jalapeno pepper
1 small onion
1 large garlic clove
2-lbs 81% hamburg
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. crushed red peppers
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly crushed black pepper
vegetable oil
6 Kaiser rolls
Romaine lettuce
Blue cheese dressing



Cut Jalapeno in half and remove membrane and seeds. Chop into fine pieces and set aside. Chop onion finely, then combine with jalapeno in small bowl. Take wrapping off garlic and put into a garlic press so it is ready to mince. Light grill and set temperature at medium, using a small skillet melt butter in pan over heat. When melted add jalapeno and onion. Saute for 6 minuter then press garlic into mixture and saute for 3 minutes, stirring when needed. Remove from heat and shut grill off and let mixture cool for 30 minutes. Meanwhile put 2-lbs of hamburg in a large bowl and add the following ingredients; cumin, chili powder, crushed red peppers, cayenne powder, kosher salt and fresh crushed black pepper. Mix seasoning into the meat (I use my hands to do this). Add the cooled mixture and mix with your hands. Using a food scale weigh out six 6-oz. burgers. Shape them into big meatballs and flatten to about 4 1/4 inches in diameter. Put 3 burgers in a plate, top with wax paper and add the other burgers on top. Place wax paper on top and refrigerate for 1 hour. Brush grill rack with vegetable oil, then light grill and set to preheat for 3 minutes, closing top. Turn heat down to low and put burgers on cooking for 8 minutes. My grill is hot and I close the lid periodically for seconds at a time. Turn burgers after 8 minutes and grill another 8 minutes. Remove burgers form grill and shut grill off. I use kaiser rolls from my local bakery. Slice roll in half, place a romaine lettuce leaf on bottom of bun. Then place burger on top off lettuce. Add 1 1/2 Tbls. of blue cheese dressing. Nest add a thick slice of tomato and top with the top part of the bun.