Spanish Burgers With Romesco and Manchego Cheese

READY IN: 40mins




  • Build a fire for banked grilling in an outdoor grill.
  • For a charcoal grill, let the coals burn until they are covered with white ash. Spread out the mound of coals into a bank, with one side about two coals deep, and the other side of the slope with a scattering of single coals.
  • For a gas grill, preheat the grill on High.
  • Leave one side on High and turn the other side to Low.
  • In both cases, you will have two areas for cooking, one hot and the other cooler.
  • To make the romesco, with the machine running, drop the garlic through the feed tube of a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade to finely chop it.
  • Add the almonds, red peppers, vinegar, paprika, and oregano.
  • With the machine running, gradually add the oil, then season with the salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the sauce to a bowl. (The romesco can be made up to 2 weeks ahead, covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.).
  • Working as gently and quickly as possible (overmixing compacts the meat and makes tough burgers), mix the ground round, salt, and pepper.
  • Lightly form into 4 patties about 4 inches wide.
  • Make an indentation, about 2 inches wide and ½ inch deep, in the center of each burger to help it keep its shape during grilling.
  • Lightly oil the cooking grate.
  • Place the burgers on the hot area of the grill.
  • Cover and cook, turning once, until the outside is seared with grill marks, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Move the hamburgers to cooler side of the grill and cover.
  • Cook, turning once, until the hamburgers feel somewhat firm but not resistant when pressed in the center, about 4 minutes for medium-rare.
  • If using a meat thermometer, insert it horizontally through the side of the burger to reach the center --it should read 125°F.
  • During the last 2 minutes, top each burger with the cheese, and place the buns on the grill to toast lightly and warm through.
  • Place a burger in each bun, top with a large dollop of romesco sauce, and serve immediately.