Brazilian Burgers

"1994 2nd place winner, Build a Better Burger Contest; Ellen Burr, Truro, Massachusetts"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Prepare a med-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat gas grill to med-high.
  • Make the marinade: combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Make the patties: combine the pork and cornmeal with half the marinade in a big bowl.
  • Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts; form into patties to fit the rolls.
  • Make the spread: combine the beans, oil, cilantro, and 2 tablespoons marinade in a small bowl; coarsely mash the beans with a fork; set aside.
  • Combine the onion and remaining marinade in a small bowl; brush the pepper quarters with vegetable oil.
  • When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil; place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 4-5 minutes per side for medium.
  • Grill the peppers, turning several times, until soft and browned, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lighlty.
  • To assemble burgers: cover the cut sides of the roll bottoms with the bean spread.
  • On each roll bottom, place a patty, a red and green pepper quarter, an orange slice, an equal portion of the marinated onions, and 1 ½ teaspoons of the cilantro.
  • Add roll tops and serve.

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  1. Unbelievably delicious! I've made this on several occasions for friends and family. The reaction is always the same: "WOW!" Thank you so much for posting this. I will NEVER have burgers with ketchup again!
  2. I was really looking forward to this dish, and to my surprise, I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. We didn't exactly have these as written (no buns), so most of the "Remaining Ingredients" segment was left out. I did, however, marinate some thinly sliced onion in the remaining marinade and grilled them ever so briefly. The marinade flavor was very subtle, but enjoyable. If my baby daughter wasn't eating them, I would probably add more red pepper flakes. Without a doubt, I will be making this again. Thanks so much!



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