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 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 Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 8 sesame seed hamburger buns, split
  • Lettuce leaves and tomato slices
  • Toppings of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 495 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g 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

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 258098
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016

"The flavor in these burgers is good, but I found that they were a little too wet and did not hold together well at all. I measured all the ingredients exactly, too."

Destanyhaley1 User ID: 8404732 228842
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."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 107536
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

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

rwippel User ID: 4262008 80234
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

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

swinny User ID: 1858482 107530
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!!"

rstauffer User ID: 1245341 99292
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."

apexmom User ID: 6202783 153660
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"We made this the night before the game. we made them "slider size". Put them in a tupperware container and grilled the next day before game. They were a huge hit."

khatfield User ID: 3799698 96962
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"I made these for a tailgate. Brought the meat and had someone cook them there. Everyone claimed these were the best burgers they've had in their life! I'm making again for another event this week! :)"

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