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Easy Green Chili Cheeseburgers – Recipe!

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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

olive oil

(Makes 4 Burgers)

To Prepare:

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.

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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.

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3.  Sprinkle a little olive oil into a plate and pat the patties into 4 equal portions.  Salt and pepper each patty.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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7.  After 4 minutes, flip the burgers over.  Add the remaining green chili’s to each patty.

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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.

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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!

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