Nacho Cheese Burgers

nacho cheese burger

I have been craving a plate of nachos lately. Unfortunately, Patrick is not a big fan of tortilla chips so I am always trying to come up with a new spin on nachos. Homemade nacho cheese is what makes this fantastic burger. Fresh garlic and jalapenos sauteed before adding in sharp cheddar and monteray jack.

nacho burger

The hardest part about making burgers on the stove top is not drying them out. To be honest I am usually so focused on flavor I forget about the cook time on the burgers. When I told Patrick what I was making he actually cringed a little clearly remembering my well done burgers from last time. Oops! This time I am focused! These came out a perfect medium rare which is so important since we are using a very lean cut of meat.

nacho burger

I used a blend of my favorite spices: smoked paprika, fresh cracked sea salt, white pepper, garlic and onion. Yes I definitely satisfied my nacho craving with these! Feel free to reduce the recipe. We ended up sharing one burger since they were so massive.

Nacho Cheese Burgers
Recipe type: Burger, Dinner
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Serves: 2-4
Thin sirloin patties topped with home made nacho cheese.
  • For the burger:
  • 1 pound of ground sirloin
  • 1 tbsp cracked sea salt
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 buns (or 4 if you want singles)
  • For the cheese sauce:
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese - cheddar and monteray jack
  • 1 tbsp of corn starch
  • 1 tbsp of fresh garlic
  • 1 chopped jalapeno seeds and veins removed
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • Burger toppings:
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Whatever you decide
  1. In a large mixing bowl mix together the sirloin, spices, and egg.
  2. Form into thin uniform sized patties.
  3. Preheat a skillet to medium heat.
  4. Add the olive oil.
  5. Cook the patties for about 3-5 minutes on each side depending on your temp preference.
  6. For the cheese:
  7. In a small sauce pan heat the butter.
  8. Add the garlic and jalapenos.
  9. In a bowl combined the cheese, spices and cornstarch.
  10. Add to the sauce pan.
  11. Make sure the heat is medium low.
  12. Add in the milk ¼ a cup at a time.
  13. Whisk constantly.
  14. Sauce should be smooth.
  15. In a frying pan fry ¼ a pound of bacon.
  16. Let drain.
  17. Warm your buns and top with your favorite toppings!

So next time you are craving some nachos, but do not want to use tortilla chips try out my burger recipe!

I promise it is so worth it.

I added lots of hot sauce.

It was delicious!

If you try this recipe don’t forget to tag me! #kelliericecakes

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Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Burgers With Garlic Aioli

caramelized onion and mushroom burger

Yesterday I defrosted some chicken with the intent of grilling some chicken and veggies for dinner. Then all day at work I kept thinking about my food processor. Yes. My food processor. Do you ever sit around running through the inventory of your refrigerator and pantry? I do. ALL THE TIME. Sometimes after a long day at work I just do not feel like going to the store. So I sit and think about what I can come up with at home. Then entered the food processor. And BOOM this garlic aioli was born. Creamy garlic mayo with cayenne pepper, honey, and lemon juice. This sauce is a perfect blend of tart sweet and spicy. I grilled some burgers and burger buns, caramelized onions and mushrooms, then topped everything with this aioli. Yesssss.

caramelized onion and mushroom burger

Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Burgers With Garlic Aioli
Recipe type: Main Course, Burger
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Serves: 2
Caramelized onion and mushroom burgers with garlic aioli.
  • 2 Beef patties
  • Sliced American cheese
  • 1 cup of bella mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • Spinach or lettuce
  • Large burger buns
  • ¼ cup of mayo (I like dukes the best for aioli)
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Preheat the grill
  2. In a blender or food processor mix the mayo, juice from the lemon, cayenne pepper, garlic, and honey
  3. Set to the side
  4. For quick and easy nights I have my local grocery's meat department form a few beef patties for me.
  5. Grill the burgers to your preferred temperature (I like medium rare)
  6. Add the cheese
  7. In a sauce pan heat the butter, onions, and mushrooms
  8. When the onions start to look translucent add the brown sugar
  9. Lightly grill the burger buns, about 2 minutes
  10. To assemble-
  11. Add the burger to the bun and add a heaping spoonful of onions and mushrooms
  12. Drizzle the aioli over the burger
  13. Top with tomatoes and spinach (or lettuce)
  14. Add the bun top and enjoy!

These burgers are super juicy and really pack a punch in the flavor department. As a side we had grilled squash, but I recommend onion rings if you aren’t calorie counting like us! These buns were some homemade buns I made a while back and froze. Potato buns would be a great alternative.

cheesy burgers

These pictures truly do not do these burgers justice, but when I was taking them the sun was almost gone and the delicious onion-y beef-y smell kept tickling my nose. You will understand when you make them 😉

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