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Argentine-Style Burger

A flavourful burger sure to become a summertime favourite.

April 8th, 2012

Excerpted from Fine Cooking Annual by Fine Cooking.

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Cups finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeño
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 Cups fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 14 5- to 6-inch pita pockets
  • Red onion, sliced (optional)
  • Lettuce leaves (optional)
  1. Put Chimirchuri sauce ingredients in a food processor. Process, stopping to scrape bowl as often as needed, until puréed. Add more salt to taste, and refrigerate until ready to use. (Makes 1 cup.)

  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, jalapeño, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes.

  3. Transfer to medium bowl, let cool for 10 minutes, then add beef, cumin, oregano, cilantro, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper. Mix gently with your hands until just combined.

  4. Shape meat into four burgers, 3/4-inch thick and 4 inches across, working meat as little as possible. Make a 1/4-inch dent in centre of each burger with tips of your middle three fingers. Sprinkle both sides with salt.

  5. Heat grill to 500 F, and cook burgers for 3 minutes with the lid closed. Turn, close the lid, and cook until burgers feel springy but not mushy when poked, another 3 to 4 minutes for medium-rare.

  6. Cut top inch of pitas to open. Serve each burger in a pita with red onion and lettuce, if using, and chimichurri sauce.

Argentine-Style Burger

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