Southwestern Queso Burgers

Southwestern Queso Burgers

Making the tortilla strips & the roasted peppers ahead makes this gourmet burger a snap! Do make the cheese sauce as the burgers cook or right before!



For the Burgers & Serving

  • 1 red onion, cut into as many thick slices as you’d like, use a toothpick to hold each slice together
  •  a little oil, 2 tablespoons or so to brush grill grates for the onion, to brush the onion  & cut side of buns
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (preferably 80/20)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 or 2 chipotle peppers from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce from the can
  • salt & pepper (suggest 3/4 teaspoon salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper for the burgers, a sprinkle for the onions)
  • 4 seeded hamburger rolls, halved
  • Roasted Pepper Strips (Rajas) see text above on post
  • Queso Blanco (see below)
  • a little lettuce for serving
  • Tortilla Strip Tangles (see text above)

Queso Blanco:

  • 1 cup half and half or 1/2 cup milk & 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 cups grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (or use all pepper jack)
  • a few green chiles or jalapenos or pickled jalapenos, to taste
  • dash or two of hot sauce, pinch or two of cayenne or a little juice from pickled or canned jalapenos, if using


For the Burgers & Assembly

Preheat grill. Gently mix together the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, the chipotle pepper, the adobo sauce from the can of chipotle pepper, and salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4 of an inch thick.

When ready to cook, clean grill grates:

  • For onion: oil space where the onions will sit. Brush a little oil on the onions. Add to grill, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill until grill marks appear and turn, repeat. Remove from grill as finished.
  • For burgers: Place burgers on the hottest part of the grill and cook, undisturbed, for about 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes for rare to medium-rare.
  • For buns: Brush cut side with oil. Toast carefully.

To assemble, add lettuce to the top side of the bottom bun. Place onion on top, then the burger. Add the strips of roasted pepper. Pass the queso and the tortilla strips. Top with the bun after the queso and tortilla strips are added.

Queso Blanco:

To make the cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan, heat the milk and cream to a scald (tiny bubbles form around the other edges of the pan. Remove from heat and add the cheese in small handfuls, stirring after each until melted. Whisk as needed. Add any additional peppers as desired, a little hot sauce, cayenne, or juice from the canned or bottled jalapenos if using. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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