August is National Peach Month and little makes me happier than a bushel of peaches in the kitchen, waiting to be jammed, pickled, chutneyed and so much more… well, eaten fresh, too, of course. But here I just wanted to make this chutney to enhance the ground beef. A touch of heat, lots of peach flavor and some warm spices make this a treat for a burger. It’s best to make it a day ahead of time and let it cool and thicken slightly before serving. Truly, this burger needs nothing more.
Prep time: About 15 minutes
Cook time: About 5 minutes for chutney, about 8 minutes for burgers
2 nearly-ripe peaches, seeded, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons water
Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
4 Laura’s Lean Beef 92% Lean Burgers (each 4 ounces uncooked weight)
Optional: burger buns, lettuce (not included in nutrition information)
1. Place peaches, ginger, jalapeno, onion, red bell pepper, sugar, honey, vinegar, water, lime juice, lime zest, cumin, garam masala and turmeric into a saucepan and stir gently. Bring to a boil, let cook about 5 minutes, then turn heat off and set aside to cool. When cool, stir in cilantro.
2. Heat grill to high and cook burgers to desired degree of doneness. To serve, top each burger with 2 tablespoons of chutney. Offer guests burger buns and lettuce as options.
Nutrition information for 1 burger and about 1/3 cup of peach chutney:
Calories 238; Calories from Fat 83 (34% from Fat); Fat 9g; Saturated Fat 4g; Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 72mg; Carbohydrate 19g; Fiber 2g; Protein 22g; Vitamin A 7%; Vitamin C 18%; Calcium 1%; Iron 24%
Note: Garam Masala is a spice blend. Look for it with other spices, in the Indian foods section of the grocery store, at an Indian grocer, or order it from an online resource such as Penzeys Spices.