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Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger With Grilled Avocado

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Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger With Grilled Avocado
Courtesy of McCormick

For a burger with smoky Southwestern flavor, season ground beef with Grill Mates Smoky Ranchero Marinade. Top the burger with a dollop of tangy lime mayo and a grilled avocado half that holds diced tomato and Mexican Cotija cheese.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Ready in
32 m
20 m
(prepare time)
12 m
(cook time)


For the Lime Mayonnaise:

  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 package McCormick Grill Mates Smoky Ranchero Marinade, divided

For the Stuffed Avocado:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 Cup crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 1/4 Cup diced tomato

For the Burgers:

  • 1 Pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 4 Kaiser rolls
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced


For the Lime Mayonnaise:

Mix mayonnaise, lime juice and 1 teaspoon of the Marinade Mix in small bowl until well blended.


Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Stuffed Avocado:

Halve and seed avocados.

Carefully remove peel, leaving each half intact.

Lightly season with salt and pepper.

In a bowl, mix cheese and tomato.

Set aside.

Grill avocado halves, cut-sides down, 30 seconds.

Turn over avocados.

Place 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture into each avocado half.

Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired.

Grill 4 to 5 minutes.

For the Burgers:

Mix ground beef and remaining Marinade Mix until well blended.

Shape into 4 patties.

Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through (internal temperature of 160°F).

Toast rolls on the grill, open-side down, about 30 seconds.

Serve burgers on rolls topped with stuffed avocados, lime mayonnaise and onion slices.

Press roll gently to smash the stuffed avocado.