The Texican

Posted by francis keyser Saturday, July 18, 2009
Taste Level: VG
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20-25 min.
Cook Time: 15-20 min.
Difficulty: 1

I think I might have to start calling this site cooking burgers, pizzas and quesadillas if I keep posting them! I just can not help it though, we love burgers, pizza and quesadillas in our house! I am calling this burger the Texican because it is not quite south of the board enough to be called a Mexican. If you like a burger with a little spice this is the guy for you. All the peppers and spices really give you a great flavor with just a touch of heat. The sour cream being on the bottom of the bun was added to this burger to cool of your tongue before every wave of flavor and heat. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 1/3 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (diced)
1 jalapeno (finely chopped)
1/2 cup yellow onion (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp gold tequila
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 pinches of paprika
2-3 tbsp Roasted Sweet red chili Salsa (or your favorite salsa)
2 Pasilla chili peppers (roasted)
sour cream
4 slices ripe tomato
1/4 cup sharp cheddar (finely shredded)
4 slices white cheddar
4 classic white hamburger buns

Turn oven to broil and lay Chile peppers on a broiling pan or strait on the rack positioning the the Chile one to two inches from the broiler element. Cook until Chile is blistering and black on both sides (usually 3-5 minutes per side turning once.) Now put Chile in a paper or plastic bag. Let sit 10-15 minutes until cool. Carefully peel the blackened skin, cut off the stem end, remove the seeds and discard. Slice Chile down the middle and squish flat.

Preheat grill to medium high.

While Chili pepper is cooling in a medium bowl mix together by hand beef, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, sharp cheddar, tequila, egg, red pepper, black pepper, salt and paprika. Form 4 evenly sized patties and lay patties on lower rack of grill directly over flame and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip burgers and cook another 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness. Remove from grill and lay white cheddar slices on top of patties so that cheese will melt.

Place buns on upper rack of grill the last 2-3 minutes in order to toast.

On bottom bun spread desired amount of sour cream (I used about 1/2 tbsp) then lay roasted chili over sour cream. Lay tomato on top of chili and burger patty on top of tomato. Drizzle a little salsa onto the burger patty and onto the bun. Serve warm. (In the photo above you may notice I opted to have my burger on sourdough and it was really tasty as well.)

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