When you think about grilling, cheeseburgers come to the forefront of my mind. I love the sound of putting together a patty of meat and slapping it down on a hot grill. Today, there is such a variety in ground meat that you can make burgers out of beef, pork, lamb, turkey, goat and so on. I tend to like the classic beef, but with a few additions.
Green chili’s are an easy and nice topping on a burger because they add a touch of heat, without overpowering the meatiness of the patty. Creating these burgers is as simple as popping open a can of your favorite green chili’s, I like Hatch, and adding a little to the meat. Havarti cheese is also a tasty addition to the beef and chili combination and it melts, oh so nicely over the patty.
1 pound organic beef
1 – 4 ounce can green chili’s – I like Hatch, they are chunkier
4 slices Havarti cheese
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 small onion
lettuce, tomatoes & buns
(Makes 4 Burgers)
1. Heat gas grill to 400 degrees or a charcoal grill until the coals are grey in color. In a bowl, add ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
2. Open the can of green chili’s (or roast your own and peel) and add half to the beef. With your fingers, gently combine the ingredients into the meat.
3. Sprinkle a little olive oil into a plate and pat the patties into 4 equal portions. Salt and pepper each patty.
4. Cut an onion into 1/4 inch slices. Over medium-high heat saute the onion with a tablespoon of olive oil until lightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper the onions. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Place the patties on the hot grill, the temperature will lower automatically when you add the meat. Close the lid of the grill and let the burgers cook for 4 minutes.
6. Get the condiments prepared while the burgers are cooking – lettuce, tomatoes, other 1/2 a can of chili’s, Havarti cheese, mayo and mustard.
7. After 4 minutes, flip the burgers over. Add the remaining green chili’s to each patty.
8. Top each patty with a piece of cheese and close the lid of grill. Continue to cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes more, depending upon how done you like them. I tend to cook them for 3 more minutes to medium. If you like toasty buns, slice them in half and add them to the grill at this time.
9. Remove the burgers from the grill and slather each bun with a little mayo and mustard. Then, top each bun with a burger, sauteed onions, lettuce and tomatoes. This burger can be a little messy, but worth every bite. Enjoy!