Sunflower Seed Avocado Nature Burger

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Bright and full-bodied, this Zinfandel wine is a curious contradiction in tastes.

It is light and has great flavor for a great burger!



1/4 cup Sutter Pinot Noir wine

2 teaspoons salt

3 teaspoon Serendipity Seasoning

1/2 cup medium red onion – grated

2 lbs ground chuck

1/4 shelled, salted sunflower seeds

12 slices of light swiss cheese (cut to fit patty size and shape)

6 quality French rolls (cut through and on one side only)

1/2 cup light mayonnaise

3 ripe avocados

12 ounces bean spouts

13 decorative wooden skewer (6 to 8 inches in length)

Aluminum Foil



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

In large bowl combine wine, salt, serendipity seasoning, and red onion. Stir until well mixed. Add ground chuck and sunflower seeds, mix gently until all seasoning is well incorporated into ground beef. Make 12 even balls of mixture. Flatten and form into 3 x 2 inch rectangle patties. Place 2 small holes through either end of patties with wood skewer. Place in cooler until ready to grill.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the rack and cook, turning several time, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium. At last turn of patty, place swiss cheese on top of each patty. When the patties are cooked, remove from the grill, placing in foil to keep warm. Place French roll, on the outer edges of the grill rack to warm on both side.

To assemble the burgers, spread a generous amount of the mayonnaise on top side of roll. Cover bottom with several avocado slices, then place 2 patties (one on each end of roll), top with bean spouts. Place wooden skewers in each patty (2 per roll).

Makes 6 burgers