Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spicy Southwest Burger


Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I don’t know about British summer. It’s a tricky thing. Some days are absolutely beautiful.  The sun shines with abandon, but it never gets too hot. It feels like a crime to be indoors. Today, it’s gray and rainy. What can you do?

We’ve had a couple of chances to grill this summer, even once in the rain. It’s always awesome. 

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re looking for something awesome to throw on your grill, may I suggest setting your mouth on fire with a Spicy Southwest Burger. It’s fiery and flavorful. I kinda wanted to eat five of them. 

Just a quick tip when making your own burger patties at home. Be firm but gentle. If you squish the meat too much when mixing or smash it together too tightly when shaping your patties, you won’t get the tender juicy burger of your dreams. It’s a delicate business, but it’s always always better than a frozen pre-fab hockey puck.

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Get into summer. Make Spicy Southwest Burgers. Live it.

Spicy Southwest Burger
Serves 12
This Spicy Southwest Burger is on fire and so delicious. It's everything summer should be.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 4 ounce can of chopped green chiles
  2. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  3. 1/4 cup picante sauce (I used hot)
  4. 4 teaspoons chili powder
  5. 1 tablespoon cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  9. 2 pounds ground beef
  10. 1/2 pound hot pork sausage
  11. 12 slices colby jack or pepper jack cheese
  12. 12 hamburger buns
  13. Your favorite burger toppings
  1. In a large bowl, combine chiles, bread crumbs, picante sauce, and seasonings. Give it a quick stir to combine.
  2. Add meats and quickly work everything together by squishing it gently with your hands.
  3. Form into 8 to 12 burger patties depending on how many people you want to feed.
  4. Grill over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes per side. (You can also make these in a frying pan indoors. I did both.)
  5. Place a slice of cheese on each patty for the last minute or two to let it melt a bit.
  6. Build your burger and set your day on fire.
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