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Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche

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Roasted green chiles elevate the humble cheeseburger
Green Chile and Avocado Cheeseburger on Brioche recipe - The Daily Meal
E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Serve these green chile cheeseburgers for a weeknight dinner full of flavor. Employ the grill or a heavy-duty nonstick grill pan, as you wish. For the burgers, we’re partial to 1/3 pound burgers made from lean and flavorful bison, but beef and turkey burgers are great too. A green salad and oven fries make the meal quite a treat.

This recipe was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

Notes

Frozen, fire-roasted Hatch Valley New Mexico chiles can be ordered online, but they are pricey. Instead, I suggest a visit to your local produce market. Even in winter, I can easily find fresh, light-green Anaheim chiles (a cousin of the Hatch chile), yellow-green cubanelles and poblano peppers. For this recipe, fresh jalapenos are quite spicy and green bell peppers too sweet—but a combination of the two is certainly an acceptable substitute. You’ll need to work on balancing how hot you want to go.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup mesquite or hickory wood chips
  • 1 Pound ground bison (buffalo), ground beef (90 percent lean) or ground turkey
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large red onion, peeled, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds, separated into rings
  • 2 large Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into long strips (directions below)
  • 6 thin slices Monterey jack cheese or pepper jack cheese
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, halved, pitted
  • 3 slices leaf lettuce
  • 3 brioche burger buns, split

For the roasted green chiles:

  • Assorted fresh green chiles (such as Anaheim, cubanelles or poblanos)

Directions

Step 1: Soak 1 cup mesquite or hickory wood chips in water to cover for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, combine 1 pound ground meat, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin. Use clean hands to mix gently to distribute all ingredients well. Shape into 3 burgers about 4 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick. Refrigerate on a plate while you prepare the grill and garnishes.

Step 3: Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 large red onion (sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds, separated into rings). Cook, stirring until onion is nicely browned but still crisp, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 4: Heat a gas grill to medium hot. Or, prepare a charcoal grill for direct cooking, and let coals burn until covered with a gray ash. Drain wood chips, and add them to a piece of foil to set on the gas grill, or put them directly on the hot coals if cooking with charcoal.

Step 5: Have ready the cooked onion, 2 roasted and sliced chiles (see directions below), 6 thin slices cheese, 1 medium halved avocado and 3 slices leaf lettuce.

Step 6: Set 3 split brioche burger buns on the grill cut side down and cook to lightly toast them, about 30 seconds. Use a spoon to spread some of the avocado thickly over the toasted bun bottoms. Set aside.

Step 7: Put the burgers onto the grill directly over the heat source. Cover the grill, and cook 5 minutes. Flip the burgers, and cook covered 2 minutes. Top each burger with a portion of the roasted chiles and 2 slices of cheese. Grill covered to melt the cheese, about 1 more minute for medium-rare. Remove burgers to a plate.

Step 8: Put a burger over the avocado on each bun bottom. Top with some onion and lettuce. Put the top bun in place, and serve right away.

Stovetop directions: Follow steps 1-6 as above.

Step 7: Heat the oven to 400 F. When the oven is hot, set a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact. Spray the burgers on one side with cooking spray. Place the burgers, sprayed side down on the grill pan. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook without turning until the burgers are golden brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip the burgers, and set the pan in the oven. Cook 2 minutes. Top with chiles and cheese, and cook to melt the cheese another 1 or 2 minutes.

Step 8: Put a burger over the avocado on each bun bottom. Top with some onion and lettuce. Put the top bun in place, and serve right away.

For the roasted green chiles:

Step 1: Rinse assorted fresh green chiles, and pat dry.

Step 2: Set chiles directly over a charcoal grill, gas grill or the gas burner on the range set to medium. Roast, turning them often, until the skins on the chiles are charred on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Step 3: Remove from heat to a bowl; cover with a towel and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Step 4: Gently slip the charred skin off the chiles. Split chiles open, remove the core and seeds. Roughly chop the chiles. Refrigerate covered up to 1 week, or freeze up to several months.