Barcelona Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

9 slices olive bread, lightly toasted

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or beef chuck

2 shallots, finely grated (about 1/4 cup)

4 slices manchego cheese

Lettuce leaves, for serving


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Remove the crust from 1 slice bread and tear the bread into 1-inch pieces. Add to the skillet along with the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the almonds and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a mini food processor or blender along with the roasted peppers, vinegar, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pulse until slightly chunky.
  2. Gently mix the ground meat, shallots, 1 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika in a bowl with your hands until just combined. Form into four 1-inch-thick patties.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with olive oil, then add the patties and cook until browned on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and top the patties with cheese; cook 4 to 5 more minutes. Spread the roasted pepper sauce on the remaining 8 slices bread. Serve the burgers on the bread with lettuce.
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