Even though I regularly follow about a dozen food blogs, there are really only a handful of bloggers that I consistently turn to when I want ideas for certain things. Need a cupcake recipe? Annie’s Eats is the way to go. Margaritas? Definitely Confections of a Foodie Bride. Bars and brownies? Hello, Pinch of Yum. But, I’ve discovered that some bloggers have more than one forte. For example, not only is the Foodie Bride a margarita master, she also makes a mean burger. Seriously, there are like 10 completely different but equally mouth-watering burger recipes on her blog. So, when Dan wanted something beefy for lunch today, I knew where to turn for inspiration.
Normally, when we make burgers I just slap some seasoned ground beef on the grill, throw on some bacon and cheese, and call it a day. But, after perusing the Foodie Bride’s beef selection, I was inspired to branch out and get creative. This Tex-Mex burger is a slight adaptation of her Texican burger, and is so, so good. Wrap your mind around this: a sturdy bun slathered with zesty guacamole, topped with a juicy beef patty, smothered in spicy homemade queso, and dressed up with crisp jalapeno slices and pico de gallo. Mmmm, right? This is a burger that requires at least 5 napkins. Maybe more. It’s hard to keep track when you’re busy trying to cram every last gooey bite as fast as you can into your mouth.
Tex-Mex Burger (Slightly adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride)
** You can, of course, use store-bought queso, pico, and guacamole if you want to save yourself some time. But homemade is definitely better!
- 4 burger buns
- 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp Adobo spices
- 2 cups grated 4-Cheese Mexican blend
- 1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and diced
- 3 tbsp diced tomatoes (I scooped straight from a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, including the juices)
- 1 cup heavy cream
(Pico de gallo)
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 3 large, ripe avocados, mashed
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp lime juice
- In 3 separate bowls, mix together the ingredients for the burger patties, pico de gallo, and guacamole until well incorporated. Set all three bowls aside.
** For the pico de gallo and guacamole, season the mixtures with salt to taste.
- In a pot or sauce pan on medium heat, melt together cream and grated cheese until mixture begins to bubble.
- Lower heat and add diced jalapeno and diced tomatoes. Stir and simmer until your cheese sauce thickens to desired consistency.
** Add additional cream or cheese to achieve desired consistency.
- Reduce heat to a minimum to keep your sauce warm. Stir occasionally while you make your other components.
** You will have way more queso than you need for your burgers. The idea is to serve your burgers with a big bowl of queso and chips!
- Shape ground beef into 4 patties.
- Cook patties on a hot grill to desired level of done-ness
**I cooked them for about 4 minutes on each side.
- Slather the bottom half of each bun with a few spoonfuls of guacamole.
- Place cooked burger patties on top of the guacamole.
- Spoon hot queso sauce generously over the burger patty.
- Top with pico de gallo and extra jalapeno slices (if desired), and place the top halves of the burger buns over everything. Press down gently to seal everything together.
- Enjoy immediately, with extra queso/guacamole and chips, and an ice cold beverage. Don’t forget the napkins.