Fajita Burger with Peppers and Guacamole

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A couple weeks ago Eric was out of town. On the last day I told the kids that I’d take them to a certain fast food place for an ice cream. Being that it was the end of the week and I didn’t feel like cooking for myself I decided that I’d let them eat dinner there too if they wanted. Not something I usually do, but they’d had a great week

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In a moment of weakness I was enticed by the Fajita Burger poster. In my delirium I must have forgotten what everyone knows: That these fast food posters always look so much better than what you’re actually served.

I couldn’t even make it half way through the so-called “Fajita Burger,” which actually tasted like really spicy cardboard sprinkled with a few bell peppers. I knew it was time to recreate this promising meal at home.

My version of the fast-food chain’s Fajita Burger is loaded with flavor. Juicy, high quality beef seasoned with a Tex-Mex flair, fresh roasted salsa verde guacamole, and the traditional fajita-style bell pepper and onion mixture makes this burger taste just like a fajita.

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Next time you have a craving for a grilled burger, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed. Serve it with a side of corn, grilled or boiled, and smeared with Cilantro-Lime Butter and a glass of fresh limeade to round out the meal.

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Fajita Burger with Peppers, Onions and Guacamole

adapted from Sante Fe Burgers

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1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup salsa
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
4 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
1 medium onion thinly sliced, yellow or purple
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red or orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
Guacamole, such as Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole
Hamburger Buns


In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with salsa, Worcestershire, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and cilantro. Using your hands, mix until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Divide mixture into 4 equal portions (using a kitchen scale helps). Form patties into rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Set aside. (This can also be done ahead and burgers can be refrigerated uncooked for a few hours, just bring to room temperature for 15-20 minutes before cooking.)

Meanwhile, prepare the onions and peppers by heating a medium saute or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 - 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add the peppers and onions and let cook until they begin to brown, then stir every minute or so. Cook for total 5-7 minutes, or until desired tenderness is reached.

Prepare the grill or grill pan by heating to high heat. Cook the burgers for 2-3 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is reached. Melt sliced pepper jack cheese on top of each burger.

Serve burgers on toasted buns with guacamole and the cooked pepper and onion mixture.

This post was written on behalf of Sargento, all opinions are my own.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Eliana - July 28, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Now that is one good looking burger! Almost looks too good to eat. Sucha a great combination of flavors.


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    Laurie @SimplyScratch - July 28, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    This is totally something I’d make… and love! I love creating “better than fast food” food! Delicious!!!


  • 3
    Bev Weidner - July 28, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    UH. HUH. MAMA.


  • 4
    Kristen - July 28, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    That is one gorgeous burger, Katie!


  • 5
    JulieD - July 28, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Definitely looks awesome! I always love avocados on my burgers and just added salsa last night with avocado…next time I’ll try yours with guac. Thanks!


  • 6
    Blog is the New Black - July 28, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    WHat a delicious twist on a burger! Love adding avocado to anything!


  • 7
    Heidi V. - July 28, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    That looks fantastic!


  • 8
    Erin @ Cooking on Whim - July 28, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    These are some of my favorite things…. I want to eat this burger! Do you ship?? :)


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    Becki (Becki's Whole Life) - July 28, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! The guac and the peppers sounds wonderful!


  • 10
    Wenderly - July 28, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Mmmmmmm, does that burger look incredible!


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    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - July 29, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    I know exactly how you feel, throwing your hands up and submitting to a meal at a fast food joint. Luckily, our area has become a sort of Mecca for unusual burger places, so I don’t have to suffer anymore.


  • 12
    Amanda - July 29, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Love these burgers!!!


  • 13
    marla - July 29, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    You crack me up girl! So so sorry you had to experience that icky fast food burger, but glad it inspired you to make your own.


  • 14
    Courtney - July 30, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Not into the whole spicy cardboard either! Now this looks like a burger!! :)


  • 15
    Tracy - July 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    Love the guacamole on this! Yum!


  • 16
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - August 01, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    That is a STUNNING burger. When the page opened, I actually said “whoa!” out loud. Great photos, fantastic recipe.


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    Katrina - August 01, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    you’ve inspired me, I have a ground chicken version on the grill, made with salsa from my garden and peppers and onions from last year’s CSA. I didn’t want all the chunks of tomato from the salsa, so I’m using the salsa juice and some onions to keep it moist (along with the cilantro, cumin, and chili powder in the recipe above) So delicious!


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - August 01, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    This is seriously one the best looking burgers that I have ever seen. Gorgeous photos!


  • 19
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - August 04, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Love all of the flavors in this burger… Yum!


  • 20
    Kita - August 18, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    This burger knocks it out of the park. I can’t wait to try it!


  • 21
    sara - August 18, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, this burger looks SO good! Love the flavors, I definitely need to give a try!!! :)


  • 22
    Maria - August 18, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is the best burger I’ve ever seen!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It looks so delicious and I’m sure that it’s much healthier than the fast food version you tried! I also blog about Mexican food recipes: http://www.mexfoodrecipes.com, I hope you’ll check it out! & feel free to get inspired! Best, Maria


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    GastroStu - August 19, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    I’m definitely going to give this one a go and if it ends up tasting half as good as yours looks, I’ll be a very happy man. Thanks for sharing.


  • 24
    Shannon Smith - November 07, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Love this! I’m not sure which fast food chain has this now, but many years ago Ruby Tuesday had one that was delicious! I remember I almost cried when they took it off the menu. For a long time they’d still make it for me though. I keep meaning to make my own. Posts like this remind me it really isn’t that hard. You just have to actually do it. Your version looks awesome!


  • 25
    Ashley - April 04, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    those look like heaven! fajitas are my all time favourite food. This looks like a fabulous way to sneak another fajita night in the mix! :P


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