Tex Mex Burgers

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tex-Mex Burgers adapted from Mennonite Girls Can Cook
Ingredients for burgers: 
1 pound lean ground beef
1 egg
1/4 cup fine bread crumbs
1 tbsp milk
1/4 cup grated onion
1 1/2 tbsp dry taco seasoning
Using your hands mix all ingredients together well. Form into 4 burger patties.

Ingredients for Pico de Gallo: 
3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup diced yellow and red pepper, combined
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 small seeded jalapeno pepper, dice very small
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro or parsley
2-3 grinds fresh pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
juice of one fresh lime (do not use bottled lime juice)
Add all ingredients together in a non metallic bowl. This can be made earlier in the day, covered and refrigerated. 

Ingredients for spicy mayo and other toppings: 
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Sambal Oelek, which is ground fresh chili paste. You could substitute with hot sauce, or if you don't like it hot use ketchup.
2 avocados, sliced
Tex Mex cheese
4 kaiser buns
Method: Once you have all your toppings ready, fire up the barbecue. The last few minutes the burgers are on the grill top with cheese. Build your burger and enjoy!
Here's what you'll need for the pico de gallo:
I made this earlier in the day and refrigerated until dinner.
Chop up the tomatoes.

Chop up the peppers.

Chop up the onion.

Chop up the jalapeno.
Chop up the cilantro, sprinkle with salt and the lime juice and
here's what you'll end up with: 

Here's what you'll need for the burgers:

Mix all of the ingredients together:

Pad out into burgers.

Grill the burgers.

Top with cheese.

Top with pico de gallo and any other toppings you choose
here's what you'll end up with: 
  Our Thoughts:
I was worried about this dish because once I saw that bread crumbs, egg, and milk were added to the ground beef I was afraid that it would be too much like a meatloaf.  It was a little heartier than a normal burger but the taco seasoning added was really a great addition.
We don't normally put mayo on our burgers so I didn't make the spicy mayo but I wish I would have.  This burger was missing a little creaminess.  I added avocados to the pico and it did add a little smooth texture but Scott mentioned that he thought it would have been better by putting the pico/avocado in the food processor and I think I agree it might have made it seem more like that ketchup, mustard, mayo liquidyness (is that a word?) that we normally put on burgers.
Overall, I think this dish was a success and had good flavor.

Hope you enjoy!


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