2006 Merlot – Grilled Buffalo Burgers with Oregano Aioli and Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

2006 Merlot – Our 2006 Merlot has aromas of plum and vanilla balanced by full tannins that contribute to a round smooth finish.

Grilled Buffalo Burgers with Oregano Aioli and Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Oregano Aioli

1 cup mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, minced
2T fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
1T fresh lemon juice
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Combine the mayonnaise, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt and pepper (to taste) in a small bowl and whisk to mix.

Balsamic Tomatoes

6 roma tomatoes, sliced thick
3T balsamic vinegar
1T olive oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread sliced tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet- brush on tomatoes with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake 30 minutes. Remove from the oven- cool.

Grilled Buffalo Burgers

2 lbs ground buffalo
(can substitute grilled portabella mushrooms)
2T olive oil
1T garlic salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
6 buns/rolls

Heat grill to medium high. Mix meat, olive oil, garlic salt and pepper together (just until combined – do not over mix). Form 6 patties 3⁄4” thick. Make a small indention in the middle of the patty to keep it from swelling. Cook- turning one time – until done (approx 4-5 minutes per side). Brush bun with olive oil- warm on grill. Remove meat and bun from grill. Spread aioli on bun top with meat and tomato.

Serves 6.