Southwest Burger

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Southwest BurgerRecipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Experience the deep chile vibe in our Southwest Burger with a cactus kick in the slaw topping.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)


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1 1/2 cups water
2 ancho chiles
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 medium nopales (cactus paddles)
1/3 cup shredded peeled jicama
3 tablespoons cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Cooking spray
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted


Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes

1. Combine 1 1/2 cups water and chiles in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove chiles; discard liquid. Stem and seed chiles. Combine chiles, 1 teaspoon oil, and garlic in a mini food processor; process until smooth. Combine chile mixture, sugar, and next 4 ingredients (through beef) in a medium bowl. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Divide beef mixture into 4 equal portions. Gently shape each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

2. Using a knife, remove needles from nopales; peel nopales, and chop to measure 1 cup. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add nopales; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.

3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

4. Combine nopales, jicama, cilantro, and juice in a small bowl; sprinkle with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.

5. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes. Carefully turn patties; grill 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each serving with 1/4 cup jicama mixture and top half of bun.

Created date

June 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 375
Fat 15.9 g
Satfat 4.9 g
Monofat 7.1 g
Polyfat 1.8 g
Protein 27.9 g
Carbohydrate 29.9 g
Fiber 3.8 g
Cholesterol 72 mg
Iron 5 mg
Sodium 459 mg
Calcium 123 mg