TEXAS VAQUERO BRISKET BURGERS with Pepper Avocado Relish & Smoky Bean Spread

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


* 1 cup diced jarred roasted red Piquillo Peppers, drained (if Piquillo Peppers unavailable, use jarred roasted sweet red peppers)
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves 8
4 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced –MIXED USE (1 clove for the Pepper Avocado Relish, 3 cloves for the burger patties)
* 3 teaspoons kosher salt – MIXED USE (1/2 teaspoon kosher salt for Pepper Avocado Relish, 2 ½ teaspoons for burger patties)
* 1 large firm, ripe HASS CALIFORNIA AVOCADO, peeled, pitted, and diced
* 1 cup Jalapeno & Lime Tres Bean Dip
* ½ teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
* 2 pounds Beef Brisket, freshly ground TWICE by butcher
* 1/3 cup red onion, finely minced
* 1/4 cup SUTTER HOME Zinfandel
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
* Vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
* 6 4 ½ inch jalapeno-cheese (or onion) round sandwich rolls, split * 6 slices Sonoma Garlic Jack cheese
* 6 red leaf lettuce leaves
* 6 large tomato slices (1/3 inch thick), blotted well on paper towels



In a grill with a cover, prepare a medium-hot fire for direct-heat cooking. In a medium bowl, combine Piquillo Peppers, cilantro, 1 clove minced garlic, and salt; mix well. Gently fold in diced avocado. Press clear plastic wrap over top of relish; chill until ready to use. In a medium bowl combine Bean Dip and paprika. Mix well. Cover and chill until ready to use. To make the patties, combine brisket, onion, Zinfandel, cumin, oregano, remaining 2 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt, and remaining 3 cloves finely minced garlic, 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 the portions into patties to fit the rolls. Brush the grill rack vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. During final minutes of grilling, place rolls on outer edge of grill rack and toast lightly on both sides, and top each patty with a slice of cheese to melt. To assemble burgers, spread both cut sides of rolls with Bean Spread. On each roll bottom, layer lettuce, Pepper Avocado Relish, a meat patty, and a tomato slice. Add roll tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.