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Sante Fe Burger layered with tomato, guacamole, roasted poblano peppers, red onion

Santa Fe Burger

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


A beef patty placed between toasted brioche buns and stacked with creamy pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, fresh guacamole, red onion, tomato, and spicy ketchup.


Units Scale

For the spicy ketchup:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red cayenne pepper

For the burger:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 tbsp pico de gallo
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 1 medium poblano pepper, roasted and chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 brioche buns, toasted
  • arugula
  • tomato, sliced
  • red onion, sliced


  1. For the spicy ketchup, add the ketchup, hot sauce, onion powder, chili powder, black pepper, and red cayenne pepper into a small bowl and mix. Set to the side.
  2. For the guacamole, remove the skin and seed from the avocado, then scoop the insides and place into a small bowl. Add pico de gallo, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp black pepper. Mix until combined. Set to the side.
  3. Place the poblano pepper directly on the flame for 3-4 minutes per side until charred. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove the skin, stem, and seeds, and chop the remaining pepper into small pieces. Set to the side. 
  4. Place the ground beef into a large bowl and season with salt, pepper, coriander, oregano, chili powder, ground thyme, and red pepper flakes. Finely chop fresh basil and add to bowl with ingredients. Combine using hands and form into 2 large palm-sized patties. 
  5. Grill burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side at medium-high heat. Place pepper jack cheese slices over meat and remove from heat. The cheese slices will slowly melt over the patties.
  6. Build your burger by layering arugula, tomato slice, burger patty, red onion slice, guacamole, and chopped poblano pepper. Add spicy ketchup to the top bun. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Burgers
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Southwest


  • Calories: 521
  • Sugar: 3.4g
  • Sodium: 1341mg
  • Fat: 28.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.6g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 43.4g
  • Cholesterol: 126mg

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