Sweet & Spicy Asian Burger

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Hard to pronounce yet easy to drink, this wine combines lychee fruit and white peach flavors with a hint of spice.


Vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
2 pounds fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground Kobe beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 cup Original Gourmet Sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon Asian seasoning
Vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
6 Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns, split
Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons Wasabi-Horseradish Cream Sauce
6 Bun-size leafs of Butter Lettuce



Preheat a gas grill to medium high. To make the Grilled Pineapple Relish, slice the peeled and cored pineapple in 1/2-inch rounds. Brush the grill rack with oil. Place pineapple slices on rack, cover, and grill 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove slices to a plate and cool. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop grilled pineapple and place in a medium bowl. Add red onion, red bell pepper, cilantro, and garlic. Mix well to combine. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate. To make the patties, combine the beef, pork, Gourmet sauce, cilantro, and Asian seasoning in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form into patties. Place patties on platter, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brush the grill rack with oil. Place patties on the rack, cover, and grill for 4-5 minutes. Turn the patties and grill to desired temperature, about 4-5 minutes for medium-rare to medium. During the last few minutes of cooking, brush the cut side of hamburger buns lightly with olive oil and place on rack to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers, on each of the top buns, spread 1 Tablespoon of the Wasabi-Horseradish Cream Sauce. On each of the bottom buns place one lettuce leaf, a generous amount of the Grilled Pineapple Relish and a patty. Add the bun tops and serve. Makes 6 Burgers