Saturday, January 22, 2011

Spicy Taco Burgers

I have so many jalapenos from my garden, I had to find some good ways to use them. This taco burger does the trick! The school year has started and tonight is the kick-off picnic. I'll take a big pass on the pizza and subs and have my burger before we go. I only had a few minutes to put dinner together tonight so this one is fast. I took a shortcut and bought fresh salsa and guacamole from the local supermarket salad bar, but if you have time, home-made is always better! This burger tasted just like a taco and received two big thumbs up from both Dave and Alex. Enjoy!

Adapted from

Makes 6-8 burgers.

2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
2-3 seeded and cored jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup hot sauce (I like Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce.)
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 sea salt
hot sauce
mixed salad greens

  1. Place onion, garlic, and jalapeno in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. In a large bowl, mix peppers, onion, garlic and 1/4 cup hot sauce. Add ground beef and use your hands to mix it thoroughly without compacting the beef too much. Form the meat into 6-8 patties.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to grill.
  4. Preheat grill to medium high.
  5. Place a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on the grill grate.
  6. Place patties on the foil and grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your desired degree of doneness. 
  7. To serve, place a generous amount of salad greens on your plate. Top with a burger, then garnish with guacamole, salsa, and hot sauce.

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