Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jalepeno Burger Surprise

The surprise is that the jalapenos are cooked right into the hamburger patties. This makes the heat more low-level and subtle than stacking the chiles on top. Also, as long as we're mixing in jalapenos, we might as well add some other ingredients as well, just to make things extra-flavorful.

  • 24 ounces hamburger meat (I like a 50/50 mix of ground chuck and sirloin)
  • 2-4 small jalapeno chiles, roughly cut into large pieces (remove the ribs if you want less heat) - you could use more powerful chiles to your liking if you want it hotter (such as Serrano, Thai, or birds-eye)
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (really!)

Put the jalapeno, onion, and garlic in the food processor. Chop in one-second pulses until a fine mince is formed (do not over-process, or it will turn to mush). In a large bowl, gently mix the jalapeno mixture with the remaining ingredients - your hands (with vinyl or latex gloves) are the best tool to mix thoroughly while avoiding over-mashed beef. Form into 6 patties and grill for 4-5 minutes, flipping once. Serve with normal burger fixings (including Monterrey Jack cheese added for ), also possibly including the recipe below!

Bonus Recipe - Chipotle Ketchup!

Place 2 cups ketchup (I like Hunts), 1 canned chipotle pepper and 1 teaspoon (up to 1 tablespoon if you like the heat!) of the adobo sauce from the can in a blender. Mix on high power for 10-20 seconds, or until smooth.

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