Zesty Veggie Burgers

Pairs well with:

White Merlot

Imagine sipping a lighter Merlot. This fresh, pale-pink wine is a nice change from traditional red or white wines.


2 lbs 93/7 lean ground beef
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 Ts black pepper
2 Ts garlic powder
2 Ts red cayenne
2 Ts salt
1/2 avocado per burger
Olive oil or butter as desired to smear on buns to grill.
Veggies of choice: chopped (ie green onions, red onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, celery); unchopped (kernel corn, peas)



 Mix together all first ingredients through salt. Keep avocado until the end for top of burger. Combine veggies (set aside) Make patties about 1/4" thick. Scoop out some veggies, place on burger. Take another patty, place on top then pinch together edges to make secure. Wrap each in heavy duty aluminum. Place on hot grill to cook for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. When done as desired, put some olive oil on buns (or butter), grill for about a minute, then top with sliced avocado and whatever other condiments you wish.