Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tex-Mex Stuffed Burgers

Here's another recipe from the latest Cook's Illustrated I purchased, the Summer Entertaining one. It's so stinkin' hot here in Phoenix I am trying to turn to the grill for as many dinners as I can. Yeah it sucks standing out there in the heat at the hot grill, but at least my house isn't heating up from the oven or stove. Although, I do have plans to use the stove for some potatoes I'm making to go along with this (another recipe from this issue). I had completely forgotten this is what I had planned for tonight, so I got really excited when I checked my menu plan for the week and saw this listed for tonight.

Cook's Illustrated Tex-Mex Stuffed Burgers

1.5 pounds ground chuck
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
4 tsp minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
4 tsp yellow mustard
4 tsp taco seasoning (from packet)

Break beef into small pieces in medium bowl and add cheese, cilantro, chilies, mustard, and taco seasoning. Using fork, toss until evenly distributed. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, lightly pack into 1-inch thick patties and grill on hot side of grill, uncovered, until well seared on first side, 2-4 minutes. Using a wide metal spatula, flip burgers and continue grilling, about 4 minutes for well done. While burgers grill, toast buns on cooler side of grill, if desired.

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I'm really excited to try this. Apparently so is the husband because he set his Facebook status that he's excited for Tex-Mex Burgers. Usually when I use chipotle chilies I use one or two then freeze the rest and forget they're there, so this week I planned on using chipotles later in the week so I avoid that problem. I think the only change I'm making is that I'm not using ground chuck, and I'm only using a pound of ground beef. Dinner can't get here soon enough!

*****

These were very tasty burgers. Although, they needed a little something more...either a slice of cheese on top or some kind of creamy sauce. The husband put ranch on his and liked it, but I thought that seemed weird. Maybe some kind of sour cream sauce or a chipotle mayonnaise? I don't know. I'd definitely make them again, though.

1 comment:

John said...

They were awesome!!!