SIZZLIN SOUTHWEST POBLANO-KUMOUAT BURGERS
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 teaspoons chipotle pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the peppers
12 tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
1 clove garlic, pressed
6 (4″ round) onion hamburger buns, split
3 pounds ground chuck
1/2 cup kumquats, unpeeled, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 small cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
8 tablespoons butter, frozen
Colivita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for brushing the grill rack
3 poblano chilies
6 slices (4″ square) Monterey Jack cheese
6 romaine lettuce leaves, folded to fit the size of the bun
6 tomato slices, 1/4″ thick
To prepare the chipotle mayonnaise, combine the mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce together in a small mixing bowl. Cover and keep cool until ready to assemble burgers.
To prepare the garlic-onion buns, thoroughly combine the butter and garlic in a small mixing bowl. Spread each cut side of the buns with an equal portion of butter mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until ready to grill.
To prepare the patties, place the ground chuck, kumquats, salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Grate the frozen butter into the meat mixture. Lightly toss with a fork, trying not to overwork the meat. Divide the meat into 6 equal portions and form into patties 5″ in diameter; making a slight indentation in the center so that the burgers cook evenly. Cover the patties with plastic wrap and set aside until ready to grill.
Preheat a gas grill, with a cover, to medium-high heat.
When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the poblano chilies on the hottest part of the grill. Roast the chilies, turning frequently, until the skin blisters and turns black. Remove the chilies from the heat and place in a plastic zip-lock bag and allow to steam for 2 minutes. Remove the chilies from the plastic bag and remove the skins and stems. Slice the chilies in half length-wise and scrape out all the seeds and membranes. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm until ready to place on the burgers.
Place the patties in the center of the grill rack, cover and cook, turning once, for 3 minutes on each side for medium. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, place the buns, buttered side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. During the last minute of cooking, place half of one chili on each burger, and then top with one slice of cheese. Cover and continue to grill until the cheese melts. Remove the burgers and the buns from the grill.
To assemble the burgers, spread an equal portion of chipotle mayonnaise on each bun top and bottom. On each bun bottom, place one lettuce leaf, one burger, and one tomato slice. Add the bun tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers