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Fajita Burger with Peppers and Guacamole

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

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve burgers on toasted buns with guacamole and the cooked pepper and onion mixture.

Notes

adapted from Sante Fe Burgers

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 445Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 126mgSodium 903mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 42g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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

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Ashley

Wednesday 4th of April 2012

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

Shannon Smith

Monday 7th of November 2011

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!

GastroStu

Friday 19th of August 2011

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.

Maria

Thursday 18th of August 2011

Hi, 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: www.mexfoodrecipes.com, I hope you'll check it out! & feel free to get inspired! Best, Maria

sara

Thursday 18th of August 2011

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