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"Fajita" Burgers

"Fajita" Burgers
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This spicy burger is served on an oblong roll, slathered with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise and topped with roasted Anaheim peppers and a delicious slaw.

Prep: 50 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes
  • 1 pound
    90% lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup
    fresh cilantro, chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup
    red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup
    scallions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon
    chili powder, preferably New Mexican
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup
    reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon
    lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon
    chipotle chile in adobo, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/2 cup
    Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • french rolls, preferably whole-wheat, split and toasted
  • roasted Anaheim or poblano peppers, (see Tip)
  • 1 cup
    green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 slices
  • 4 thin slices
    red onion
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Place beef, 1/4 cup cilantro, onion, scallions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, about 1/2 inch thick and oval-shaped to match the rolls.
  3. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice and chipotle in a small bowl.
  4. Peel the roasted peppers, halve lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  5. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 6 minutes per side. Top with cheese and cook until it is melted, about 1 minute more.
  6. Assemble the burgers on toasted rolls with the chipotle mayonnaise, half a roasted pepper, cabbage, tomato and onion.



To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate the chipotle mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 5 days.

  1. Ingredient Note: Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful sauce. Look for the small cans with the Mexican foods in large supermarkets. Once opened, they’ll keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. You can also find them dried with other chiles or at and ground in the spice section of many supermarkets.

Tips to oven-roast peppers:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. Arrange whole bell peppers on the rack.
  2. Roast peppers in the center of the oven, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened in places, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool.
  4. With a paring knife, remove stems, skins and seeds. If serving as antipasto, combine accumulated juices with peppers.
  5. To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.


Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories416
  • Fat19 g
    • Saturated fat7 g
  • Cholesterol82 mg
  • Carbohydrates34 g
    • Dietary fiber7 g
  • Protein30 g
  • Sodium695 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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