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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mexican Burgers

Now that Spring is in the air almost everywhere, it is time for you to get that grill out, clean it up and test it out.  Burgers are an excellent 'test case'.  If something was critically wrong with the grill after a long winter, how would you finish those steaks?  Not quite the same in the broiler and definitely not impressive to your friends if you have to bring them in.  Burgers on the other hand, can be cooked indoors without much to-do..."I planned on finishing them in the kitchen".  (what's a white lie among friends?)  Better yet, don't invite company over the first time you use the grill this year.  Your reputation as the Grill-Commando would be irreparably tarnished.  

These burgers are not your old boring burgers either.  There is an easy trick to revving up these burgers ... chopped jalapeños.  Only a few burger recipes are actually a step ahead of the crowd and this one is running ahead of the pack!  Clearly there are ingredient variations that you can choose from, but the chiles are the 'kicker'.  Grill them outside or if you need to change gears quickly, cook them on a grill pan inside, they will be wonderful either way!

Makes 4 large burgers


1-1/3 lb / 605 grams  ground meat – remember you need a little fat in there to hold them together – not that 95% lean stuff

1-2 fresh jalapeño chiles
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ garlic clove, crushed then minced
2 tablespoons finely minced onion
¼ cup tomato puree or sauce
¼ cup dried bread crumbs
1 egg

Remove and discard the stem and seeds from the jalapeños. Chop the chiles finely.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl with the ground meat and knead until well combined.  Form the meat into 4 large patties and grill to your desired doneness. 

Serve on over-sized fresh buns with sliced canned jalapeños, sliced tomato, avocado, onion..............your choice. 

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