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Southwest Burger

 Southwest Burger
We love burgers and have them every Saturday in summer. We also have a favorite burrito recipe. One day, we got the bright idea to combine two of our favorite recipe. Voila! Our Southwestern Burgers were created. —Tammy Fortney Deer Park, Washington
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 hamburger buns, split, toasted
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 to 2 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • Mayonnaise or mustard, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef and
  • sausage over mixture; mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side or until
  • a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top each
  • burger with a cheese slice.
  • Grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese begins to melt. Serve on
  • buns with the lettuce, tomato, avocado and mayonnaise or mustard if
  • desired. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 516 calories, 29 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 888 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 34 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.