Houston, Texas Three Pepper Burgers with Sween Habanera Mayonnaise

Pairs well with:

White Zinfandel

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

We are from Houston, Texas and burgers are a big deal here.Much of our local restaurant cuisine includes Mexican influence due to our close proximity to the boarder. This burger captures this combination of flavors and provides the taste of a true Houston, Texas burger, big, spicy, and tasty.


Habanera Mayonnaise

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

4 fresh Habanera peppers seeded and sliced it fourths

¼ cup chopped yellow onion

3/4 cup light mayonnaise

¼ cup honey


1½ pounds ground chuck

¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce

¼ cup Sutter Home White Zinfandel

¾ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

¾ teaspoon fresh ground green pepper

¾ teaspoon fresh ground red pepper

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

olive oil for brushing the grill rack

6 Kaiser rolls split

olive oil for brushing the Kaiser rolls

1 full bunch of Butter Lettuce

1 head Radicchio Lettuce

1 red bell pepper thinly sliced


Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Prep mayo 10 minutes, patties 5 minutes

Cook mayo 20 minutes, burgers 10


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

To make the sweet habanera mayonnaise, heat olive oil in a fireproof skillet. Sauté Habanera peppers until slightly roasted. Remove peppers from skillet and set aside. Sauté onions until almost clear. Place roasted peppers and onions in a small food processor and blend to a finely chopped consistency. In a small bowl, stir pepper and onion mixture into mayonnaise and honey until well blended. Place mayonnaise in refrigerator until serving.

To make the patties, place ground chuck in a large bowl. Add Worcestershire, Zinfandel, black, green, red pepper, and seasoned salt. Mix gently as not to over handle the ground chuck. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and form patties.

Brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and grill 4 – 5 minutes. While patties cook on the first side, brush inside of each roll with olive oil and set aside. Turn patties and continue to grill until cooked to preference, approximately 5 minutes for medium cooked burgers. As soon as patties are turned, place rolls on outer portion of the grill rack, open side down to slightly toast.

Remove toasted rolls from grill and place each open on a plate. Place one burger on each bottom roll. Place approximately 1 tablespoon Habanera Mayonnaise on top of each burger, add three leaves of Butter Lettuce and 2 leaves of Radicchio Lettuce. Place two red bell pepper slices on top of the lettuce and add approximately 1 tablespoon of additional Habanera Mayonnaise on top of the peppers. Then close with the top half of the roll and serve.