I have a fun burger for you today. This is my spicy burger w/ chipotle mayo, avocado, cilantro and pepper Jack cheese. It has a kick to it, but the avocado and veggies help cool it down a bit.
This is a fun summer or fall burger that is perfect for game day entertaining. If you have kids that don’t like anything too spicy, you can substitute regular mayo for the chipotle mayo and use some cheddar or American cheese in place of the pepper Jack cheese.
I like to use a sesame seed bun for this burger. Just spray them with a little butter spray and toast them on the grill right before the burgers come off. They get nice and toasty and the crispy texture helps them hold up well to the mound of other ingredients.
I use my standard hamburger mix of ground beef, McCormick grill seasoning, bread crumbs, and egg and Worcestershire sauce (confession – I can never spell that word without Google.)
I just mix everything together with my hands and form 4 patties. I have an ancient hamburger press that I got back when I briefly sold Tupperware and it comes in handy when making hamburgers, but I just use my hands a lot of the time and save myself from the extra dishes.
I think burgers are best cooked on the outdoor grill, but winter is coming and we will need to improvise. As much as I love my George Foreman Grill, I would prefer to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet. I use pretty lean beef (90/10) and they are a little dry when I cook them on the Foreman grill. Most recipes call for ground chuck for a juicy burger, but I like to use a leaner cut and add lots of flavor with veggies and toppings (and cheeeeeese!)
To make the chipotle mayonnaise, I just add some chipotle in adobo sauce to mayonnaise and mix it together. I have a post on various ways to spice up mayo that you can find here.
Here is a list of all of the toppings that make this burger fantastic:
- Pepper Jack cheese
- Chipotle Mayonnaise
- Fresh cilantro
You can also add some bacon if you like a little bit of extra crunch.