These Mexican-style cheeseburgers are pumped up with flavor from chili powder, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper. Serve on buns topped with lettuce, tomato and sour cream. It's best to use plum tomatoes inside the burger as they're less watery than other varieties. If you prefer to use fat-free cheese, you'll save about 4 grams of fat per burger.
1 pound ground round
1 cup chopped seeded plum tomato
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 (3/4-ounce) slices reduced-fat Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns
4 iceberg lettuce leaves
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
Grilled onions (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl; stir well. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping into 1/2-inch-thick patties.
Prepare grill. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 cheese slice on top of each patty; cover and grill an additional minute or until cheese melts.
Spread 1 tablespoon of sour cream over top half of each bun, and set aside. Place patties on bottom halves of buns; top each with lettuce, tomato, onions (if desired), and top half of bun.
Made these for a weekend dinner, using 93% lean ground, which I think now is a little too lean considering how many ingredients need to be mashed into it. 85% would be good, or cut down on the tomatoes. "Chili-Cheese" conjured up a much more sinful idea of a burger, and these don't really hit that mark. They're tasty, and I especially liked the cilantro, but I don't think I would make these for a crowd. CL's "Out-n-In California Burger" recipe is far better, and we'll be sticking with that in the future.
Prepped the burgers in advance, subbing fresh oregano for dry. Chilled the patties for about an hour. They held together great on the grill. For a couple of the burgers, mixed half sour cream/half chipotle salsa for the spread. Yummy flavors, good burgers.
We liked these burgers, pleasantly different and very tasty. I didn't add the jalapeno peppers because I don't usually buy them. The kids thought to put sour cream on the burger instead of ketchup was strange, but after one bite they were requesting it (it was the perfect condiment). It was a great meal because it felt like we were eating tacos and not one of us reached for the chips. Perfect meal if you are trying to eat less and more healthy, a successful diet allows for some indulgences. Spices were great together! I recommend this one to others, the burgers were juicy. We also added onions, lettuce and another tomato.
I just made these burgers again last night! These are so good- I make them with lean ground turkey instead of beef, and the veggies inside really keep the burgers moist. This is on my husband's list of favorites!
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