Honey-Chipotle Glazed Beef Burgers with Mint-Avocado Sauce

Accolades 2006 Finalists
Serves Makes 6 burgers



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Sutter Home Zinfandel
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Avocado-Mint Sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

Honey-Chipotle Glaze

  • 3/4 cup Sutter Home Zinfandel
  • 3/4 cup wine vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
  • 6 bakery sandwich rolls, split
  • 6 red-leaf lettuce leaves
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced



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

To make the patties, combine the chuck, sirloin, jerk seasoning, wine, and salt in a large bowl. Mix lightly and form into 6 patties. Refrigerate until ready to grill.

To make the sauce, mash the avocado with the lime juice in a bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise and salt. Gently fold in the mint leaves. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To make the glaze, combine the wine, vinegar, honey, chiles, and salt in a fire-proof saucepan. Place on the grill rack and cook, stirring often, until the mixture is reduced by half.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with the oil. Place the patties on the rack over direct heat. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side, basting often with the glaze until the desired doneness is reached.

Brush some of the glaze on the cut sides of the rolls. Place the rolls, cut side down, on the rack and grill until lightly toasted. Remove the rolls and place on a serving plate.

To assemble the burgers, place a lettuce leaf on each roll bottom. Top with a tomato slice. Add a patty, a dollop of the sauce, and a roll top.