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Adam Richman’s Malbec Burger

This recipe is a twist on the traditional burger

Adam Richman's travel memoir/cookbook, Straight Up Tasty: Meals Memories & Mouthfuls from My Travels, is a collection of recipes based on the ingredients, techniques, and flavors he encountered through his travels. The book also features burger recipes he created especially to pair with Alamos Wines. Here’s the recipe for his twist on the traditional burger, Malbec Burger with Creole Mustard Tomato Jam, courtesy of Alamos Wines.



  • 1/2 Pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 Pound ground pork
  • 1/2 Pound ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/2 Cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup roasted tomatoes, finely chopped (approximately 3 to 4 plum tomatoes roasted with a drizzle of olive oil until soft)
  • 1/3 Cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup roasted garlic, finely chopped (approximately a head of garlic roasted with a drizzle of olive oil until soft, then squeezed out of skin)
  • 3 Tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons roasted red peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fire-roasted poblano chilies (packed in olive oil), finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup Alamos Malbec
  • 2 Teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 Kaiser rolls for entree size burgers or 10 small potato rolls for sliders, split, toasted and lightly buttered
  • Olive oil
  • Creole Mustard Tomato Jam (see recipe below)
  • sliced plum tomatoes
  • Watercress leaves

Creole Mustard Tomato Jam

  • 1/3 Cup Alamos Red Blend
  • 1/3 Cup crushed grape tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons blackberry or raspberry jam (with seeds)
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 Cup sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 Cup stone ground or Creole mustard



  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, mix all burger ingredients except rolls and olive oil using your hands until evenly incorporated. Make into 5 large (entrée size) or 10 small (slider size) patties and set aside.
  2. Over high heat, heat an oven safe pan until drops of water skitter across its surface. Pour in enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan by one quarter of an inch. Heat oil for 30 seconds. Place patties in pan, working in batches if necessary. Cook patties until browned on bottom and then flip and brown the other side. Remove burgers to baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Repeat until all burgers are browned.
  3. Place burgers in preheated oven for roughly 5 to 7 minutes for medium doneness. Place on grilled buns and top with watercress, sliced plum tomato and Creole Mustard Tomato Jam. Serve hot.

Creole Mustard Tomato Jam

  1. Cook down all ingredients except mustard in a small saucepan, stirring constantly until thick and relatively uniform in consistency.
  2. Mash all bits of tomato into sauce.
  3. Remove from heat and place in a nonreactive bowl to cool.
  4. When just above room temperature, stir in mustard.