Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Southwest Burger

Had miss Kimmy over for dindin tonight, so Ross made us  these YUMMY burgers!!!  They were super good and had a fun twist to your typical burger!!  We made these with Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower....ahhh best dinner ever!!  Super excited to eat leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!  Make double to the Chipotle-Lime sauce too.....ahhh soo good!!

Burger ingredients:
1 1/2 lb ground chuck or ground sirloin
1 1/2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from the chipotle chili can)
1/4 cup grated onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Chipotle-lime Mayo ingredients:
1/2 cup Mayo
2 teaspoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce (from the canned chipotle chilis)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4-6 good quality buns
1 tomato
1-2 avocado
optional: jack, cotija, or queso fresco cheese

Start by making the sauce.  Place mayo, adobo sauce, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl.  Now this is the hard part - Stir it all together - cover it and set in the fridge. You can make this part up to a day ahead of time if you want to. And it’s seriously so good I could dip anything in it. Fries, chips… I actually usually double it so I can serve extra on the table.

Now place the beef in a bowl and gently crumble with your fingers. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, grated onion, garlic powder, cumin, kosher salt, and pepper. Use your hands (yes, your hands!) to gently mix things together. If you go crazy and over-work ground beef it gets a yucky texture. Just mix it enough to distribute the ingredients and call it good.

Divide into 4 patties (or 6 little ones) and place on a preheated grill, indoor grill pan, or skillet.

If you want to top with cheese, do so in the last few minutes of grilling. I’d use jack (not pepperjack), cotija, or even some queso fresco. While the burgers are cooking, toast buns and spread chipotle-lime sauce generously on each side of each bun.

When the burgers are done to your liking let them stand for 5 minutes off the grill/pan and then pop onto your prepared buns. Top with tomato slices, avocado slices, and a crisp piece of lettuce.

If you made extra sauce, serve it on the table so people can slather it on every bite. Just wait until you sink your teeth into this baby!

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