Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Enjoy the taste of New Mexico with a hearty Green Chile Cheeseburger.
  • Makes: 6 burgers
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼-2 ½ pounds freshly ground beef chuck
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
  • 6 burger-size slices mild cheddar, American or Monterey Jack cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 ½-2 cups roasted mild to hot New Mexican green chile, fresh or thawed frozen, chopped and warmed
  • 6 large sturdy hamburger buns (toast at the side of the grill, if you wish)
  • 6 thick slices large red-ripe tomatoes (skip them out of season)
  • ketchup or mayonnaise
  • iceberg lettuce leaves, slices of mild onion, dill pickles, and/or crisply cooked bacon, optional

Instructions

  1. For the burgers: Fire up the grill for cooking on high heat (1 to 2 seconds) and then on medium heat (4 to 5 seconds).
  2. Mix together the ground chuck, salt and pepper. Gently form the mixture into six patties ½- to ¾-inch thick. Avoid handling them any longer than necessary.
  3. Grill the burgers uncovered over high heat for 1 minute, 30 seconds per side. Move the burgers to medium heat and rotate a half turn for crisscross grill marks. Do not mash the burgers with the spatula! Cook about 4 minutes longer, then turn once more and cover each burger with cheese. Cook another 4 minutes for medium doneness (145 degrees).
  4. To assemble, smear buns with ketchup or mayo. If you’re using tomato or any of the other optional toppings, arrange on each bun next. Follow with cheese- covered burgers. Spoon chile over each. Crown with bun tops.