Pairs well with:

White Merlot

Imagine sipping a lighter Merlot. This fresh, pale-pink wine is a nice change from traditional red or white wines.



Lemon Chipotle Mayonnaise:

1 cup Mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp ground Chipotle Chilis Spice
½ tsp brown sugar
1 tsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeeze
¼ tsp Lemon zest

Green Tomato Breading:

1 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1/3 cup Flour
2 T Fresh Basil, finely chopped
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
¼ tsp Fresh ground black pepper
2 T butter
1/3 cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive oil
18 (1/4 inch thick) slices green tomato (about 4 medium green tomatoes)
2 large eggs, beaten

12 slices thick cut black pepper bacon


2 lbs ground chuck
2 tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive oil, for brushing the grill rack and buns

6 Keiser roll buns, split

12 Red leaf lettuce leaves




Preheat your gas grill to high. Place a large cast iron skillet on the rack..

To make Lemon Chipotle Mayonnaise, whisk in a small bowl the mayonnaise,
Chipotle chilis spice, brown sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix well together until smooth. Set aside in a refrigerator.

To make Green Tomato Breading, mix in a small bowl the Italian bread crumbs, flour,
basil, kosher salt and pepper. Mix together until the ingredients are incorporated. Set aside.

To cook the bacon, Place the bacon in preheated cast iron skillet. Cook the bacon until crisp about 7 minutes a side. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towels. Set the bacon to the side and let cool to room temperature. Remove the bacon grease from the skillet.

To fry the green tomatoes, using the same hot bacon skillet add 2 tablespoon butter, and 1/3 cup olive oil. Heat the oil mixture until hot. Dip the tomato slices in the beaten eggs, then dredge tomato slices in the breading mixture. Fry the tomato slices 2 minutes on each side or until lightly brown. Remove the green tomatoes and drain on a paper towels. Repeat until all 18 slices have been fried. Set the tomatoes aside and remove the skillet from the grill.

To prepare the patties, gently combine the chuck, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Gently mix together using your hands. Divide into 6 equal parts and form into patties.

Brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the grill and cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the patties, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Brush the buns with olive oil and 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 the burger, slather the top and bottom buns with the Lemon Chipotle
Mayonnaise. Place 2 lettuce leaves on each bottom bun and add the patty. Next add 3
fried green tomato slices and 2 bacon slices on top of each patty. Add the bun top with wooden skewers and serve.

Makes 6 burgers