Taco Burgers with Avocado, Cilantro & Jalapeño

tacoburgersMy 16 year old son would eat hamburgers every single day if I would make them that often.  As I like to promote balance in our house, we do not eat burgers everyday.  I like to try new burgers all the time, and a great way to do this is to create familiar flavor combinations.  Teriyaki burger: pineapple and teriyaki sauce; Italian burger: spaghetti sauce,  mozzarella, & basil; which brings me to Taco burger: cilantro, jalapeno, cheese, and onion.  

I do not use “taco seasoning” in my tacos.  I’m controlling and like to choose all my flavors.  For my taste, taco seasoning has too much cumin and it tends to overwhelm everything.  Taco seasoning turns everything orange.  What’s that about?  

 

I make my taco burgers like I make my tacos: cilantro, onion, jalapeño (or green pepper), soy sauce, salt, pepper, and cheese.  I used 80/20 ground beef (because it was on sale) but you could easily substitute ground turkey, chicken, or even black beans with a few modifications.
To be safe I made sure to cook my burgers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  Food borne illness is no joke!

Taco Burgers with Avocado, Cilantro & Jalapeño
Print Recipe
Packed full of cilantro, onion, jalapeño, and cheese, these hamburgers are full of flavor.
Servings Prep Time
8 1/4 pound burgers 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 1/4 pound burgers 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Taco Burgers with Avocado, Cilantro & Jalapeño
Print Recipe
Packed full of cilantro, onion, jalapeño, and cheese, these hamburgers are full of flavor.
Servings Prep Time
8 1/4 pound burgers 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 1/4 pound burgers 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 1/4 pound burgers
Instructions
  1. Dice onion finely. Cut jalapeño in half, remove seeds and veins per your individual taste. For spicier burgers, leave more seeds and veins. Chop cilantro.
  2. Sautee onion and jalapeño in a splash of olive oil until softened.
  3. Add ground beef, soy sauce, salt, pepper, half of the cheese, the cooked jalapeños and onions, and the cilantro. Mix gently until ingredients are distributed.
  4. Divide mixture into patties and cook. I used a griddle, because I had so many to make, but you could just use a pan on the stove top. They would be excellent, grilled. Cook for approximately 5 minutes on first side until edges start to brown.
  5. Flip burgers and add remaining cheese. Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness. I cooked my burgers to the USDA recommended 165 degrees. Cheese will melt as burgers cook to their finished temperature
  6. Assemble burgers. Add mayo or sour cream to a fresh brioche bun, then add burger, avocado, tomato, and spring mix.
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