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Burger Challenge: The Mexican Burger

By Mike Thayer 

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers?  HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Mexican BurgerFor Day 5, it's lunch in Mexico!  This burger features a mixture of ground beef and Mexican chorizo, which provides for a little heat.  Topped with a little salsa and guacamole, this takes taco flavors up to a whole new level!   

The Mexican Burger


  • One pound of ground beef
  • 9 ounces of chorizo
  • One teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Pepper Jack cheese slices
  • Enough salsa to top burgers with
  • Guacamole
  • Hamburger buns
  • 3 slices of fresh avacado
  • Sliced tomato (optional)
  • Sliced onion (optional)
  • Lettuce
  • A few tabs of butter and a bit of garlic to toast the buns

In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, chorizo and fresh black pepper.  Once incorporated, form the patties. Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Once the burgers are done to your liking, top with the pepper jack cheese, put the patties over indirect heat and lid the grill.  Toast the buns with garlic butter, then assemble the burgers with the guacamole and salsa.  Enjoy!  

TIP: When making your own burgers, use a ground beef with a higher fat content, like 80/20. The leaner grinds don’t measure up when it comes to juiciness and flavor and are better suited for foods other than burgers. Use the leaner grinds for skillet dishes and casseroles, too lean is too dry for a good burger. 

This burger cost only about $2.25 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that guacamole and salsa deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the "Classic," "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving," "Cajun," "Mediterranean," "California," "Mexican" and more, it's the Burger Challenge!




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