beef burgers with peanut chipotle bbq sauce

Beef Burgers w/ Peanut-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Adapted from Food & Wine, July 2009; serves 4

We served our big burgers n' buns with a spicy jicama and Napa cabbage slaw and baked sweet potato fries sprinkled with cayenne pepper. And if you can locate heirloom tomatoes, spend the extra buck or so and slap those on your patty as well.

1 T canola oil, + some for brushing
1 onion, diced

2 T fresh ginger, minced
1 c tomato puree
2 T ketchup
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 T Dijon mustard
2 T honey
2 T molasses
3 T ancho chile powder
1 canned chipotle in adobo, minced*
spoonful of adobo from can
1/2 c water
2 T creamy peanut butter
salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns w/ sesame seeds*
1 1/2 lbs ground beef (preferably 80/20 beef to fat)
1/2 c shredded cheddar
1 scallion, chopped
lettuce & tomato slices (I used butter lettuce & heirloom tomatoes)


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 T oil. Add onion & ginger and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, ~5 min. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring. Add tomato puree, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, honey, molasses, ancho chile powder, chipotle, and water. Bring to simmer and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Transfer to blender or blend with immersion blender in saucepan until smooth. Season with s&p to taste. Note: Can be made well in advance and stored for ~2 months. So make extra!
  2. Form meat into 4 inch thick patties (about 6 oz each) and brush w/ oil Season w/ s&p.
  3. Light grill. Brush buns w/ oil and grill until toasted, about 30 seconds. Spread some bbq sauce on buns.
  4. Grill patties over high heat, turning once, until nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Brush burgers with some of the sauce and grill until lightly glazed, about 2 minutes. Top with cheddar & onion and close grill to melt cheese, about 1 minute.

*If you need GF version, be sure to buy San Marcos or La Costena chipotles in adobo sauce. Some others have wheat flour in the ingredients list. Obviously, buns aren't g-free but those can be purchased if needed.