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Southwestern Backyard Burgers Recipe

Southwestern Backyard Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Southwestern Backyard Burgers

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Destanyhaley1 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."

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sd20 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!"

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rwippel 80234
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

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

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swinny 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!!"

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rstauffer 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."

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apexmom 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."

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khatfield 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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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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