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Opa! Burgers

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Opa! Burgers
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Makes: 6 servings adjust



  • 1 cup Shiraz
  • 12 ounce Dried Porcini Mushrooms

Step 1

Pour the wine into a small, heavy fire-proof saucepan and heat over medium burner until the wine begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and add the dried mushrooms, stirring with a fork to ensure that all the mushrooms are moistened. Set the mushrooms aside to reconstitute for at least 30 minutes.


  • 12 cup Mayonnaise, light is fine
  • 14 cup Roasted Red Peppers, packed in water, chopped

Step 2

Combine the mayonnaise and roasted red peppers in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and chill until ready to use.


  • 8 ounces Goat Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 12 cup Kalamata Olives

Step 3

In a separate bowl, mash the feta cheese with a fork. Stir in the olives; set aside.


  • 2 pounds Ground Lamb, pre-ground or grind yourself
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 14 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 12 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Step 4

If grinding your own lamb, grind it to desired coarseness. Gently squeeze the excess liquid from the reconstituted mushrooms and chop. In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, lamb, garlic, oregano, red pepper flake, salt and pepper. Form mixture into 6 equal size patties in the shape of the rolls you are using.


  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Wood Chips, for grilling, (optional; cherry preferred)
  • 6 Italian Style Buns, or other rustic bun, split

Step 5

Grill patties, covered, on an oiled medium-high charcoal grill for 4 minutes. Flip and grill an additional 4 minutes, or until done to preference. Remove patties from the grill, cover with foil and let stand for 5 minutes. Lightly grill the rolls. Note: An internal temperature of 160 degrees is recommended for all ground meats.


  • 12 slices Sopressata, italian salami variety, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach, loosely packed
  • 6 slices Tomato, fairly large slices

Step 6

To assemble the burgers, spread the mayonnaise mixture from Step 2 on the bottom roll halves. Spread the cheese mixture from Step 3 over the top roll halves. Top each bottom half with a lamb patty, 2 slices of sopressata (if desired), spinach leaves, tomato slice and the prepared roll top.
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