Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

Chipotle chiles and fresh salsa give these burgers a Southwestern kick that will heat up the dinner table in just 20 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients and 2 tablespoons salsa. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each patty with 1 cheese slice; cook 1 minute or until cheese melts.

Step 3

Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top with 2 tomato slices, 1 patty, 1 1/2 teaspoons salsa, and 1 bun top.

Chef's Notes

This updated version of Southwest Salsa Burgers is based on a recipe that originally ran in Cooking Light, August 2010. The recipe was retested and updated for Cooking Light Crave!, Oxmoor House, 2013.

Ratings & Reviews

Great Burger!!

June 30, 2016
I could not find ground chipotle chile pepper so I used regular chili pepper and will try smoked paprika as another reviewer suggested.  I was taken aback when assembling the burgers at "top with 2 tomato slices"--I think the overall burger would be way too messy with added tomato plus tomato was not a listed ingredient.  As it was, I drained the salsa I put on top of the burgers but did not drain the salsa added to the hamburger meat.  Excellent--served with spicy corn on the cob!  A keeper.

no tomatoes for slices in the ingredient list!

June 01, 2015
the recipe states to add tomato slices to each burger before serving but they are not in the ingredient list.  May want to correct that.  I shopped the ingredient list so my burgers will not have tomato  slices tonight. 

triciadavid's Review

May 27, 2014
One of our favorites. I use one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce instead of ground chipotle pepper. Very easy to double recipe.

sukeedog's Review

February 15, 2014

GritsinNH's Review

May 13, 2013
Couldn't find ground chipotle chile pepper. Subtituted about 1/4 tsp smoky paprika and really liked that flavor. Really enjoyed these burgers.

VJasper's Review

June 29, 2011
Very good! The burgers were so tasty and full of flavor with the salsa... we ended up adding the whole amount listed of salsa in the burgers...just depends on the salsa you use too...defiantly make these again.

RachelKro's Review

May 29, 2011
Yum! I also drained the salsa and served it with pepper jack cheese. I wonder if it would be equally good with ground turkey?

carolfitz's Review

November 20, 2010
Superfast & easy. Made to recipe, combining the shallots & chunky chipotle salsa in the minichop. Cooked patties on the George Foreman so used grated cheese when assembling the burgers rather than melting jack. Juicy & tasty sandwiches. Served with no-recipe side of black beans/corn/red bell pepper/jalapeno/scallion/cilantro/lime.

JoannahZ's Review

September 08, 2010
Fast, easy, and absolutely delicious! We love it with pepper jack or colby jack cheese.

moonburst37's Review

August 30, 2010
This was a solid recipe, just nothing super special.