This week, we made Roasted Jalapeño Burgers with Cilantro Lime Sauce and Cheddar Cheese. The combination of the heat from roasted jalapeños (I LOVE the flavor of roasted peppers) and the cool flavor of the Cilantro Lime Sauce made these burgers absolutely delicious! That is the beauty of burgers, you can make them any flavor to suit any taste.
Another beauty of burgers is that from just one three-ounce serving you get more than 10% of the daily values for nine essential nutrients. In fact, beef is the number one food source for Protein, Vitamin B12, and Zinc. You actually get 50% of the daily value of muscle and strength building Protein, and nearly 40% of the daily values for both Zinc (helps in healing and immunity) and Vitamin B12 (helps release energy from other foods). I for one love the fact that I can get so many benefits from something SO tasty!
Don’t forget the rules of food safety! Here is the short list:
- Always, wash your hands before and after handling raw meat.
- Never thaw meat on the counter, thaw in the refrigerator, microwave or cool water bath.
- Always wash cutting boards and plates after having been in contact with raw meat.
- Always cook to appropriate internal temperatures. Safe internal temperatures vary based on cut. Hamburger must reach a safe and savory 160 degrees, while steak is safe at 145 degrees.
- ½ cup real mayo
- ¼ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 large jalapeno pepper
- Olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound ground beef
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- 4 buns
- In a small bowl mix together mayo, sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro. Make this ahead of time and set aside in the refrigerator. I’ve discovered this Cilantro Lime Sauce also makes a delicious salad dressing!
- Preheat the broiler. Meanwhile cut tops off of pepper, halve, and remove seeds (or leave them in for more heat). Place pepper halves skin side up on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Broil for about 10 minutes or until skins are charred. Remove from oven, put in a small bowl, and place in the refrigerator to cool. Once cool remove skins, chop, and set aside.
- Preheat the grill with medium-high heat for 10 minutes.*
- In a small prep bowl mix garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, and salt. Add seasonings and chopped pepper to ground beef and mix well. Divide ground beef mixture into 4 equal parts and shape into patties.
- Place patties onto hot grill, cook for 7-9 minutes* on each side. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the burgers reach a safe and savory internal temperature of 160o. Move to the top rack or a cool spot on the gill and place one slice of cheddar cheese on each patty. Remove from grill when cheese begins to melt.
- Brush the inside of the buns with olive oil. Place the buns, inside down, on the grill and toast lightly. Assemble by smothering the bottom bun with Cilantro Lime Sauce, followed by the cheese covered burger. Add the top bun and enjoy!
- *Cooking temperatures and times are based on a gas grill.