Simple Southwest Burgers

These burgers are juicy, delicious, and easy to make. What more could you ask for? Well, maybe something cold to drink and something cool, creamy and crunchy on the side… but nothing more in a burger, that’s for sure. And now that it’s officially grilling season, let’s fire up the BBQ and chow down.

Serves 4

1 1/4 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chipotle garlic salsa

Pinch of salt

Approx 1 1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic (or 24 dashes straight from the jar)

Approx 1 tsp Chili powder (or 16 dashes straight from the jar)

Freshly ground black pepper

4 rounded Tbsp Queso Cheese Dip (such as Trader Joe’s Chipotle Queso)

Four buttered and toasted sesame buns

Owen is the ‘grill master’ of our house, and you can see that his measurements differ from mine. But the instructions are simple… You’ll be happy with the results!
Get your grill nice and hot. In a medium bowl mix your burger, chipotle garlic salsa and a hearty pinch of salt. (Being the health nuts we are (yeah,) we use 90/10 ground sirloin, but 80/20 chuck would be delish). Form four patties, and place on a plate. Then wash your hands. Now, it gets tricky… not really, season each patty with three dashes of the granulated garlic, two dashes of chili powder and some freshly ground black pepper. Using one hand gently rub in the seasonings on the surface of the hamburger and flip it over. With the clean hand, repeat the seasoning method on the other side and follow with a rub from your raw meat exposed hand. Next, wash your hands again. Move your plate next to the grill. If your grill happens to be outside, weather permitting, take a deep breath and enjoy the great outdoors. When you’re ready, place the hamburger patties on the grill and let them cook for about four minutes (give or take depending on your preferred doneness), then flip to the other side and top each with a rounded tablespoon of the queso cheese. Allow them to grill for about 4 more minutes, then place the gorgeous cheese dripping patties on your toasted bun and serve with your favorite sides. (Sidenote: I thought this burger was begging for a couple strips of crispy bacon on top, but Owen is not a big fan of bacon… And this was his recipe so I let it ride. But if you are a fan of bacon do yourself a favor and fry some up to put on top of this burger!) Enjoy!


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