Margarita Burgers

Pairs well with:

White Zinfandel

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


2 lb lean ground beef
.25 cup regular oats
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1.5 tsp salt + 1 tsp
.5 tsp pepper
.5 cup fresh lime juice, divided
.25 cup tequila
zest of 1 lime (app. 2 TB)
1 TB sugar vegetable oil
3 ripe California avocados
2 ripe mangos
6 natural whole wheat buns



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill (with cover), or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. Mix, with hands, beef, oats, Worcestershire sauce, 1.5 tsp salt, pepper, .25 cup lime juice, tequila, and lime zest in bowl until ingredients are incorporated. Do not over mix. Cover and let mixture sit at room temperature while grill is heating up. In the meantime, prepare the lime sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine remaining .25 cup lime juice with 1 TB sugar and remaining 1 tsp salt. Stir over low heat until sugar and salt dissolve. Let cool to room temperature. When grill is ready, brush rack with vegetable oil to prevent meat from sticking. Divide beef mixture into six equal parts and shape into patties to fit buns. Place patties on the grill and cover, turning only once. Cook to your preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. Avoid puncturing or pressing down on patties, as this will allow precious juice to escape. Prepare fruit to grill while patties are cooking. Slice avocados in half and remove pits. Brush flesh with lime sauce. Slice mangos lengthwise along seed and slice each half in half lengthwise so that you have 4 slices per mango. Brush mango slices with lime sauce and place on grill directly over flame during the final minutes of grilling the patties. Place avocado flesh side down. Cook approximately 1 minute on each side, or until grill marks appear. Flip mangos and cook on opposite side; remove avocados. Remove patties from grill when done, stack on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Brush buns with lime sauce and place on hot grill to toast. Remove when done. To assemble the burgers, scoop out avocado meat and spread over cut side of buns (1 avocado slice per bun). Arrange 1 – 2 mango slices over avocado spread and top with patty. Add top and serve.