Green Chile Burgers
Green Chile Burgers
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili power
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely mined onion (I used red onion)
2 tablespoons diced green chiles from a can (drained well in a fine mesh sieve)
Mist a large skillet (or grill pan) with cooking spray and preheat over medium high heat. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix gently with hands to distribute the ingredients and shape into 4 equal patties, less than 1/2 inch think. Add patties to preheated skillet (or grill pan), reduce heat to medium, and cook until bottoms are deep golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until patties are firm to the touch and cooked through (no pink remains), about 4 to 5 minutes more. I like my beef patties prepared medium well; of course, feel free to prepare your Green Chile Burgers to your desired doneness (rare, medium, well done, etc.)
I did not intend to go on a burger frenzy, but it seems as if I have. I've been wanting to make turkey burgers with different flavor profiles, but the other day I found that I needed to use up some ground beef. I had let it thaw in the refrigerator and never made what I had intended to make. I also had some green chiles (from a can) in the freezer (leftover from another recipe), so I decided to make up some Green Chile Burgers; I added in my favorite Mexican or Southwestern spices.
Zach came home while I was making these burgers. He was starving after playing tennis all day long. He had a Green Chile Burger on a bun and said it was really flavorful. Zach topped his burger with grated sharp cheddar cheese. He went on to say I should make these again. So there you go!
Above you can see my burger; I had it with a salad of baby arugula and diced tomatoes (dressed with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar). I added a dollop of plain lowfat yogurt to my burger (kind of like having sour cream on a taco). Speaking of which... these Green Chile Burgers taste a lot like tacos, as the seasonings in these burgers are some of the seasonings you'd find in packaged taco seasoning.
Helpful Hint: If you ever have left over diced green chiles from a can, don't let them go to waste. Just place them in a plastic baggie and place them in the freezer for use in a future recipe.