Cream Cheese and Green Chile Burgers

Cream Cheese & Hot Chile Burgers

This crazy, delicious burger was born a few weeks ago when my Dad knocked on my door to tell me about the burger he saw on Man vs. Food: a jalapeno and cream cheese topped burger.

The fact that he was telling me about it could only mean one thing.  He wanted me to make it for him.  So I did.  Sort of.  A wimpier version with green chiles.

Did you see this particular episode of Man vs. Food? It was in Denver, Colorado at Duff’s Cherry Cricket where jalapenos are very generously piled on a burger with a thick slice of cream cheese.

You can use green chiles for a mildly spicy version or jalapenos for a hotter version.

What I loved about it was how the cool cream cheese picks up a little warmth from the burger and just starts to soften and melt enough to mingle with the chiles for a delicious Southwest style flavor making it one of the most unique burgers I’ve ever eaten.

Cream Cheese & Green Chile Burgers

Cream Cheese & Green Chile Burgers

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 burgers

 Cream Cheese & Green Chile Burgers

INGREDIENTS:

1 small yellow onion, diced
1 - 4.5 ounce can green chiles or jalapenos, drained and diced
olive oil for sauteing
salt and fresh black pepper
10 ounces ground beef, 80-85% lean or ground turkey
2 sturdy but soft burger buns
4 ounces whipped cream cheese, or bar cream cheese (at room temperature)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Saute onion in a small skillet in a tablespoon or so of oil over medium-low heat until translucent. Add chiles, season with salt and pepper and saute for five minutes.
  2. Cook the burgers in whatever way you like.
  3. Divide and slather the cream cheese evenly over top halves of the buns. Place burgers on bun bottoms and divide the chile mixture evenly between them. Place the tops on.

Notes:

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Cream Cheese & Green Chile Burgers