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Gnarly Mexican Burger

A unique burger topped with a blend of Mexican cheeses, enhanced by earthy spices and crushed lime tortilla chips and topped with salsa that is bound to delight those who enjoy biting into things a bit South of the Border.

Serves 4 burgers     adjust servings

Preparation 30 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 45 mins


  • 1 & 1/2 pound ground chuck - 80% lean
  • 1 cup of 4 cheese Mexican blend (Monterey Jack, Mild
  • Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero cheeses).
  • 1/2 cup salsa of choice, divided
  • 1/4 cup crushed lime flavored tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic – finely chopped clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup of canola or light olive oil
  • 4 slices on Vidalia onion
  • 4 Beefsteak Tomato slices
  • 4 leaves of Romaine lettuce
  • 4 Hamburger buns or 4 sourdough rolls - split


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, crush the tortilla chips.
  2. In a large bowl, gently combine ground chuck, ¼ cup of the Mexican cheese blend, ¼ cup salsa, the crushed tortilla chips, scallions, cumin and garlic, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  3. Gently divide the meat into four equal portions. Each patty should consist of approximately 6 ounces of ground meat.
  4. Carefully and loosely form each divided portion into a patty that is ¾ -1 inch thick and about 4 & ½ inches in diameter, again being careful to not overwork the meat.
  5. Make a deep depression in the center of each of the meat patties with your thumb.
  6. Once formed, place patties on a clean plate, sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper, cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and coat grill grates with cooking oil so as to prevent patties from sticking.
  8. Remove patties from refrigeration, brush the burgers with light olive or canola oil, and place the patties on the hot grill grates.
  9. Grill and sear patties over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or to desired doneness, being sure they are cooked through and have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. F.
  10. Remove grilled patties from grill and let them rest for 2-3 minutes.
  11. To serve, stack each burger on one half of a hamburger bun, top with remaining ¼ cup salsa, sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and top with upper bun.


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