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Sweet Paprika Burgers

Yes, burgers. Juicy, cheesy burgers. The best way to start your weekend.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 606kcal


  • Burgers:
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves large garlic finely minced
  • 1/8 cup white vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef I think 80/20 works best
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 slices gruyere cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons pepperoncini brine the juice in the pepperoncini jar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • soft hamburger rolls lightly toasted or buttered and grilled


  • Broil the bell peppers until blackened and blistered. Let cool, then peel, seed and slice into fat strips.
  • In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the vermouth (or white wine) and stir up any browned bits. Let cool.
  • Place the ground meat in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Mix in the onion-garlic mixture, the sweet paprika, marjoram, chili powder and allspice. Form 4 large patties, making them thinner at the centers and thicker at the edges for even cooking.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, for 8 minutes for medium. Add the cheese in the last minute of cooking, tenting loosely with foil to melt.
  • In a small bowl, make a sauce by stirring together the sour cream, ketchup, pepperoncini brine, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  • On the roll bottoms, layer the patties and roasted peppers. Slather the sauce on the roll tops and set in place.


* ground chicken or turkey can be substituted for beef.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 606kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 946mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4455IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 754mg | Iron: 6mg