Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese

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Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Looks like we jumped right past spring into summer here in Boston. I’m not complaining after the winter we had. It just means it’s burger and grilling season earlier. My favorite time of year.

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Last summer on our roadtrip, I ate my way across the country, with plenty of burgers as part of my diet. While that’s not my normal diet (I do run, after all), I love a good weekend burger. Here’s a tasty, flavorful, summer-inspired burger you can make this weekend.

The key to this burger is the spices and flavorings, but you can also use your choice of turkey or beef. Don’t forget the avocado!

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com

Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese | firsttimefoods.com



Southwest Burgers with Pepper Jack Cheese

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The key to southwest burgers with pepper jack cheese is the spices, but you can also use your choice of turkey or beef. Don’t forget the avocado!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon oil (I use olive oil)
  • Slices of pepper jack cheese
  • Toppings:

  • avocado slices
  • tomatillo salsa verde

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Using a silicone spatula, mix gently to combine.
  2. Using your hands, form 4 approximately equal sized patties.
  3. Heat a cast iron pan (or grill) over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil.
  4. Add the patties to the pan, and cook the burgers until browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. In the last minute of cooking, top each burger with pepper jack cheese and cover pan to melt cheese.
  6. Remove and allow the burgers for rest for several minutes.
  7. Toast the buns under the broiler (or on the grill) until slightly browned. Top with a burger and your choice of toppings – salsa, tomatillo salsa verde, avocados, etc.
  8. Enjoy!

2 Responses

  1. Lisa
    | Reply

    I want one of these right now! They look and sound amazing. I love the spices in the burger and all the fresh toppings! Thanks for the great recipe!! And your photos are spectacular (Pinning them!)

    • rls
      | Reply

      Thanks, Lisa! It was great to meet you, and I look forward to trying out some of your recipes!

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