When you combine the flavors of the southwest with a juicy beef patty, what do you get? I would say you may have one of the best Santa Fe Burgers you will find— a generous all-beef patty placed between toasted brioche buns and stacked with creamy pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, fresh guacamole, red onion, tomato, and finished with spicy ketchup.
The one thing I love about making burgers is how creative you can get — beef burgers, chicken burgers, seafood burgers, and turkey burgers — I have created my fair share of them all.
And my latest creation, the Sante Fe Burger, is inspired by the flavors of the Southwest.
A southwest spin on this burger is highlighted by the addition of fire-roasted poblano peppers and homemade guacamole. And let’s not forget about the spicy ketchup that is a nice addition and gives it a little kick.
Ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- It begins with the ground beef. I choose to go with a 80/20 ratio just to have a more flavorful and juicy patty. The higher fat content adds more moisture. If you want to go leaner, then a 90/10 ratio may be your pick (90% lean/10% fat or higher).
- The seasonings that make this a Santa Fe style burger are coriander, oregano, chili powder, ground thyme, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes.
- You will also need a poblano pepper, avocado, fresh basil, Pico de Gallo, and pepper jack cheese slices.
- For the spicy ketchup, it’s a simple combination of ketchup, hot sauce, chili powder, onion powder, black pepper, and red cayenne pepper. I know it sounds hot, but the kick is not too much if you don’t like a lot of heat.
- For the extra toppings, you can add red onion slices, arugula, and tomato slices.
- Making burgers is a simple process, but the science is in the seasonings and cooking time. Burgers can dry out if overcooked, so you’ll want to ensure your timing is spot on.
- Plan on 5-6 minutes total for rare, 6-7 minutes total for medium-rare, 7-8 minutes total for medium, 8-9 minutes total for medium-well, and 9-10 minutes for well-done. You’ll want to flip the burgers mid way through.
- Medium-rare will have a warm, red center
- Medium will have a warm, pink center
- Medium-well will have a hot, slightly pink center
- Well-done will be brown all the way through
This Santa Fe Burger recipe is not only great for family cookouts and has moved its way to the top of one of my all-time favorite burger creations.Print