Mexican BBQ Burger

Cinco de Mayo is only one week away! Although it’s not really celebrated in the slightest where I live, Cinco de Mayo is one of my ultimate favourite holidays. Nachos, piñatas and margaritas – what’s not to love?

And in celebration of this wonderful Mexican holiday, I’m going to be sharing three brand new Mexican recipes with you guys this week, starting off with this amazing Mexican BBQ burger. Packed sweet peppers, bursting with flavours from homemade taco seasoning and smothered with ooey-gooey melted cheese. Trust me – you’re going to love them.

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Whilst I genuinely enjoy making homemade burgers, I do find them a bit of a chore to eat. Just take a look at that picture and I bet you can guess why – it’s the size. All my homemade burgers are freakin’ huge! Even when I sandwich them in between my over-sized crusty seeded rolls, I still have to slice the burger in half vertically, then in half horizontally just so I can get it in my mouth. And even then it’s a struggle.

Maybe I wouldn’t make such big burgers if I didn’t stuff so much inside them. These Mexican BBQ Burgers are made of beef mince, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, jalapeños, red peppers, green peppers, sweet corn, taco seasoning and BBQ sauce. No matter how many times I read over that ingredient list, I can’t see a single thing I could miss out and not feel devastated about, so I guess my jumbo burgers are here to stay!

Mexican BBQ Burgers | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

So after stuffing my burgers until they look like they’ll burst the very second you touch them, I smother them with melted Mexican cheese and charred onions. Evidently not happy with that, I serve them up alongside grilled Mexican cauliflower because YUM! I love roasted or grilled cauliflower – especially when it’s covered in taco seasoning.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. These Mexican BBQ Burgers? I’ve kept them from you since last summer. LAST SUMMER! That’s almost 12 whole months. I wanted to post them as soon as I made them, but I guess something came up. I can’t remember what, but there must have been a reason, right?

Then autumn came and I was obsessed with apples.

Then winter came and I was obsessed with Christmas.

Then spring came and I was obsessed with lemon.

Now Cinco de Mayo is almost here and I’m determined not to miss the boat this time! So, if you haven’t got your meal sorted out yet for next Monday (How on Earth did Cinco de Mayo manage to land itself on a Monday? Tequila-orientated holidays should strictly fall on the weekend) I beseech you to make these burgers – you’ll so love me for it.

Mexican BBQ Burgers | www.happyhealthymotivated.com

Mexican BBQ Burger

Ingredients

  • 125 g /4.5oz beef mince
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon + 1 olive oil separated
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion
  • 1/4 small red pepper
  • 1/4 small green pepper
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Taco seasoning
  • optional toppings: burger buns Mexican cheese, fried onions

Instructions

  • Place the beef mince into a medium-sized bowl. Mix in the breadcrumbs and egg until all the ingredients are well-combined. Set to one side
  • Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over a medium heat in a frying pan and finely chop the onion, red pepper, green pepper, jalapeño and garlic.
  • When the oil is hot, add all the ingredients you just chopped up (along with the sweetcorn) into the pan and sautee for 10-15 minutes, until all the ingredients are soft.
  • When the vegetables are cooked to your liking, tip them into the bowl with the beef mince and mix well.
  • Pour in the BBQ sauce and taco seasoning and stir again until everything is completely mixed together and all the ingredients are evenly distributed in the mixture.
  • Pour another teaspoon of olive oil into a large frying pan and heat over a medium heat.
  • Divide the beef mixture into two different sections and form each section into a burger shape. If the mixture is too damp to work with, add 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs at a time until you can form patties with the mixture.
  • Cook the burgers in the frying pan for around 10 minutes on each side, or until crispy on the outside and cooked to your liking on the inside - I always serve my homemade burgers well-done.
  • When the burgers are cooked to your liking, serve them up on a hamburger bun and top with Mexican cheese, fried onions and whatever else you'd like.

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