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Southwestern Backyard Burgers Recipe
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Southwestern Backyard Burgers Recipe

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Whether you're in the stadium parking lot or on your patio, these southwestern-style burgers are great on the grill. Sometimes I make six patties rather than eight out of the ingredients because I like my burgers bigger and better! —Robert Hodges, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 12 crackers)
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 8 sesame seed hamburger buns, split
  • Lettuce leaves and tomato slices
  • Toppings of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 495 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 35 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Top with cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted.
  3. Grill buns, cut side down, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato and toppings. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Backyard Burgers in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p11

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 495 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 35 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"My family loved them. They where really good I will have to make these again but for when I cook out."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"My family thought these were amazing!! I made exactly as directed even with the lettuce , tomato and pepper jack cheese!"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"Definitely a good burger! I received many compliments on them for our 4th of July cookout!"

Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"Delish!!!i I had mine topped with salsa. Will definitely make again! A nice change for a burger. I also used 1 lb of ground beef, 1 lb of ground turkey & 2 1/2 links of sweet Italian turkey sausage. Yummy!!"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"I have made this recipe again and again since 2010! This is one that keeps me from buying deli burgers in the store. Easy to make, great taste and just the right touch of heat, not too much or my wife would not eat them.

Excellent burgers, one of two burger recipes I keep going back to."

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