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Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
When cooking with jalapeno, use gloves like your life depends on it. Recipe from the Santa Fe School of Cooking cookbook.
Avocado Jalapeno Relish
- 2 medium ripe avocados (cut into 1/4-inch dice)
- 2 large roma tomatoes (deseeded, cut into 1/4 inch dice)
- 2 small shallots, minced
- 4 jalapenos (stems and seeds removed, finely diced)
- 5 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper
Cumin Garlic Mayo
- 2 limes, juice of
- 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise (good quality)
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 lbs ground chuck (80/20)
- 1⁄4 cup white onions (minced) or 1⁄4 cup yellow onion (minced)
- 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 6 large bakery hamburger buns (sliced) or 6 large fresh kaiser rolls (sliced)
- 6 slices monterey jack pepper cheese (6 thick slices or 12 thin slices)
- 1 bunch fresh lettuce (of your choice, washed and torn into large pieces)
- 4 large roma tomatoes (cut into 1/4-inch slices, optional since the relish also contains tomato)
- 1 medium red onion (sliced thin into rings, if desired for crunch, since there is onion in the patties)
- Avocado Jalapeno Relish: In a medium bowl, mix all relish ingredients but the lime juice. Stir gently with a fork to mix. Drizzle the lime juice over all to evenly distribute. Stir gently until fully incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to assemble the burgers.
- Cumin Garlic Mayo: In a small bowl, mix the mayo, cumin and garlic. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Southwest Burgers: In a large bowl, crumble the beef apart and spread out across the width of the bowl. Add the onion and patty seasonings by sprinkling over the beef to evenly distribute. Mix gently with your hands, careful to not overwork the meat. Form into 6 patties.
- To cook the patties, heat the grill or grill pan to medium high. Place the patties on the grates and cook for 5 minutes. Flip and grill another 4 minutes. Add the cheese slices and allow to melt, about 1 minute. (This cooking time was done on a gas grill for medium- medium well. Use a meat thermometer for your desired temperature. Your cooking time will vary if the patties have been refrigerated.).
- Place the buns cut-side down on the grill until slightly toasted, about 1 minute. Keep a close watch, they can burn quickly.
- To assemble, spread the mayo mixture on the bottom bun, about 1 heaping tablespoon. Place 2 or 3 pieces of lettuce as desired. Place the burgers on top, then the sliced tomato. Spoon on two generous tablespoons of relish. Add red onion if desired. Place top bun. Repeat for remaining burgers.