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We love burgers. Having smaller hands I like to be able to hold onto my burger, easily, and it not be so big that it’s all meat.  It’s all about the fixin’s for me.  A couple years back (wow 5 already!) we started a quest to try & test as many different burger recipes as we could in one summer which came to be known as our Bakers Burger Blast. It became so successful it continues on to this day.

On the menu this time is a chipotle infused burger with a Tex Mex flair. Liking all things spicy (even though I pay for it later) I saw the recipe and immediately added it to last weeks weekly meal plan.

If you do not have a BBQ or do not like to BBQ don’t be intimidated.  Remember burgers can be cooked in a grill/fry pan on your stove.  Before we get started I have a quick tip for you.

Tip: 2 tbsp of chipotle makes the burger a wee bit spicy – the kids noticed. But they still ate them. If you prefer less spicy use only 1 tbsp chipotle/adobe sauce instead. Take leftover pureed chipotle in adobe sauce and freeze in 1 tbsp portions. Ice cube trays work great for this. Once frozen place in ziplocks and it’s ready to go the next time you want to use it.

Adapted from Rachael Ray

Tex Mex Style Burgers

1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp grated onion or 1 tbsp dried onion flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tbsp pureed chipotle/adobe sauce
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp each salt & pepper

Fixin’s (all optional)
bacon strips (your favourite brand cooked)
monterey jack cheese with spicy peppers
diced tomatoes
pickled jalapeno peppers
banana peppers
diced spanish onion
cilantro, chopped
tortilla chips (any variety)
tex mex style cheese sauce (make your own or by one in a jar)

Your favourite buns (mine are ciabatta)

In a bowl mix together your ground beef, onion, garlic, pureed chipotle in adobe sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Form into patties and set aside. We usually end up getting 5 sometimes 6 patties from 1lb ground beef.

Cook approximately 5 minutes per side on medium high heat (both on stove and/or BBQ).

Put your grilled burgers on a bun and add your favourite fixin’s. My son and I added the tortilla chips right on the burger…added a nice crunch.

Wouldn’t you know it we got so busy eating the burgers, we forgot to capture a photo! These were so yummy they will be made again soon, so photos next time!

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This is one of those great ways to get your family eating their veggies. My family is pretty good with veggies but anytime I can get more into them it’s a good thing. You can also add in chopped roasted red peppers or kalamata olives.  You could also substitute lamb for beef.

Greek Feta Burgers

1 lb – lean ground beef
1/2 – 3/4 cup – dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup – chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup – chopped red onion
3 clove – garlic, minced
1/2 pkg – frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and squeezed dry
1 – egg
1-2 tsp – dried oregano
1/4 tsp – seasoning salt
1/4 tsp – pepper
2 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled

Combine ingredients and shape into patties. Grill over medium heat until completely cooked. Build your burger and enjoy!

Buns and condiments.  (I grilled yellow pepper rings, thick slices of red onion and added lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.)

Also try the Feta Aioli – even hubs loved it. 

Feta Aioli

In food processor mix 1/2 cup shredded dry pack feta cheese, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1-2 cloves crushed garlic and 1/4 tsp ground pepper until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until serving.

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In honour of Hamburger Day…here is our favourite chicken burger recipe as first posted on January 6, 2007.  This recipe has been modified since then.

We’ve had fun with this one and we all enjoy it…in fact my 6yr old dips hers into additional pesto (yikes)!

Adapted from:  The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook

Chicken Pesto Burgers
1 lb – ground chicken
1/2 cup – dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup – green onions, chopped
1 tbsp – fresh parsley, chopped
1-2 tbsp – grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp – dry mustard
1 – egg, beaten
1/2 tsp – salt
1/4 tsp – pepper
1 heaping tbsp pesto (home made or bought)
Hamburger Buns
Fixins

In large bowl, mix together chicken, bread crumbs, onions, parsley, parmesan cheese, mustard, egg, salt, pepper and pesto. Form into patties. (we are able to make 6 patties)

In non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat or heat BBQ grill to medium-high heat. Grill your burgers for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown and no longer pink inside.

We serve these with mozzarella or gouda cheese melted on top, sautéed mushrooms and additional pesto on the bun. Add whatever additional fixins you enjoy (onions, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, etc.).

Salad, Fries or Pasta goes well with any hamburger!

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