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Andouille and Beef Burgers with Spicy Mayo and Caramelized Onions

Yields1 ServingPrep Time20 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time40 mins

Prolific cookbook author James McNair has been chief judge of Sutter Home Winery's burger cook-off since it began in Napa in 1990.

Spicy Mayonnaise
 3/4 cup mayonnaise
 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
 1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into scant 1/4-inch cubes
 3/4 cup pecans, toasted, chopped
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck or ground beef (20 percent fat)
Caramelized Onions
 1 1/2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing grill rack
 3 garlic cloves, minced
 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
 6 large hamburger buns, split
 8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
 12 pickled okra pods, halved lengthwise*
 3 cups watercress tops
Spicy Mayonnaise:

Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill.


Toss first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add beef; blend gently. Shape mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Transfer patties to small baking sheet.

Caramelized Onions:

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Toss onions and next 3 ingredients in large skillet. Place skillet on grill; cook until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes. Remove from grill; season with salt and pepper.


Brush grill rack with olive oil. Grill buns, cut side down, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer buns to work surface. Grill burgers until brown on bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn over; sprinkle with cheese. Grill until burgers are cooked to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. Place some onions, then burger, on each bun bottom. Top each with okra and watercress. Spread mayonnaise on cut side of bun tops; place on burgers. Serve with remaining mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 6 Servings

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%

Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 271mg12%
Potassium 478mg14%
Total Carbohydrate 29g10%

Dietary Fiber 11g44%
Sugars 5g
Protein 20g40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.