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  • 4 1/8 whole - Dried Pasilla or Ancho Chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 whole - Plum Tomatoes, halved
  • 4 whole - Garlic Cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 whole - Jalepeno, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 whole - Small Onion
  • 1 tablespoons - EVOO, plus more for brushing
  • - Kosher Salt and Fresh Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cups - Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons - Unsulfured Molasses
  • 1 whole - Medium Eggplant, cut crosswise 1/4" thick
  • 1 whole - Large Beefsteak Tomato, sliced crosswice 1/2" thick
  • 1 1/2 pounds - Ground Beef Chuck
  • 4 whole - Brioche Hamburger Buns, split and toasted
  • - Butter Lettuce, for serving
  • Directions:

    Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium skillet, toast the chiles over moderately high heat, pressing with a spatula and turning once, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the chiles to a heatproof bowl and cover with very hot water. Let stand for 30 minutes, until the chiles are completely rehydrated.

    Meanwhile, on a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the plum tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno and onion with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are just soft; lset cool slightly. Peel the garlic.

    Drain the pasilla chiles and transfer to a blender. Add the plum tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno, onion, vinegar and molasses and puree. Season the ketchup with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl. Refridgerate until chilled.

    Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the eggplant and beefsteak tomato slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred. Transfer to a plate.

    Form the ground beef into 4 burgers, 1/2" thick; brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until the burgers are lightly charred and medium-rare, 7 minutes.

    Spread the ketchup on the buns. Top with the lettuce, burgers, grilled eggplant and tomato and serve, passing any additional ketchup at the table.

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    Beef Burgers w/ Sweet-n-Smoky Ketchup

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    Category:  Beef

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 45 min
    Cook Time: 1 hour(s) 30 min


    Make ahead- The ketchup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week


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    May 13, 2013

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