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Tex-Mex Grilled Burgers

Kum Ba Ya
Tex Mex Grilled Burgers

I live in a farming area, and we have a growing population of immigrants from south of the border. We initially had seasonal visitors, but many of the farm workers have decided to stay and call this area “home.”

With new neighbors, many long time locals are learning to try and love more Tex-Mex dishes. This includes, of course, new ideas on the barbecue grill.

One of my favorite new “inspired” recipes is Grilled Tex-Mex Hamburgers. The zippy flavors of Mexico combined with the smoke from the grill gives the barbeque hamburgers a wonderful flavor. We, of course, still make our delicious Best Ever Hamburgers, but it's fun to switch it up some days.

Grilled Tex-Mex Hamburgers

2 pounds ground beef
4 TBS finely chopped onion
1 TBS cilantro (fresh is best)
 8 TBS salsa (favorite brand or homemade)
1 TBS hot sauce (any hot sauce is fine – go with a family favorite)
8 slices Pepper Jack cheese (or shredded Mexican mixed cheese)
8 buns
Toppings (salsa and other favorites)


Mix the ground beef, onion, cilantro, salsa and hot sauce. It’s easiest to do the mixing by hand.

Shape 8 burgers of equal size. Press the center down a bit, so the burgers do not puff up too much in the center.

Heat grill to medium and put burgers on. Cook until the grease runs clear – or until desired doneness.

Right before the burgers are done, place slices of Pepper Jack cheese on top of each burger or sprinkle on some Mexican mixed cheese. It only takes a few seconds for the cheese to melt.

Serve on buns with salsa and other toppings. For those who love hot food, have some hot sauce to splash on the burgers too.

While you’re heating up the grill, put some nacho chips on the grill. Those are delicious and take only seconds to heat up. Everyone enjoys munching on the chips while the burgers are cooking.



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