Hometown Olive Burgers

Pairs well with:

Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich red easily complements your homemade chicken dishes, red meats, game, and mildly seasoned pastas.


3 oz. Spanish olives (approx. 35)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon olive Juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large Vidalia Onion (sliced 1/2 inch thick)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 lbs Ground Round Beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
olive oil (for grill rack and buns)
6 sesame seed buns
2 large Heirloom Tomatoes (preferably Ugly-Ripe)
1 head Boston Lettuce



Prepare a medium hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium high

To make the olive topping: Combine the chopped olives, mayonnaise and olive juice in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

To make the patties: First brush each onion slice with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place onion slices and garlic cloves on the hot grill. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, being careful to turn the garlic more often to avoid burning. Remove the onion and garlic from the grill, and place on a cutting board. Cut onion up into small pieces. Remove the outer skin from the garlic. Place the onion and garlic into a food processor. Add the anchovy paste and the butter. Pulse ingredients about 10 times, trying to maintain a chunky, but blended consistency. In a large mixing bowl, combine the onion/garlic mixture to the ground round and mix by hand. Try to mix all ingredients to achieve a consistent mixture. Do not over mix. Divide meat mixture into six equal portions and form into patties, creating a slight concave center in each patty. Salt and pepper each patty on both sides.

Rub grill rack with olive oil, place patties on grill and cover. Turn patties once after about 5 minutes. Once patties are done, remove and set aside. Take each bun and lightly brush the cut sides with olive oil. Place them on the grill for about 1 minute. Remove.

To assemble burgers, place 1 tablespoon of the olive mixture onto the tops and bottoms of each bun. Place one piece of lettuce on the bottom of each bun, one patty and one slice of tomato. Add the tops and serve.