Tortilla-Wrapped New Mexican Chile Burger

Tortilla-Wrapped New Mexican Chile Burger
Staff Writer
Ken Goodman Photography

While the sight of this recipe alone caught our attention, it wasn’t until we tried it that we realized how truly special this burger creation is. A green chile relish is the perfect topping to a flavorful burger patty topped with a slice of cheese. We agree with authors Andy Husbands, Chris Hart, and Andrew Pyenson of Wicked Good Burgers when they recommend not to eat one every day, though. 

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4
Servings
470
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Green Chile Relish

  • 2 New Mexican green chiles (or poblano chiles), roasted, peeled, seeded, stemmed, and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 Teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

For the burgers

  • 1 1/2 Pound ground chuck
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 2 Tablespoons New Mexico Chile Ground
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying
  • 8 slices Pepper Jack cheese, or your favorite cheese
  • 4 burger buns, toasted
  • 4 twelve-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, for tortilla wraps

Directions

For the Green Chile Relish

In a small bowl, mix together the New Mexican chiles, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper.

For the burgers

Add all of the spices to the ground meat and mix thoroughly. Shape the burgers into 4 patties.

Heat a skillet over high heat until very hot. If you have an infrared thermometer, the skillet should register at least 500 degrees.  Or test by brushing on a bit of oil. When the skillet starts to smoke, it is ready.

Brush oil onto the skillet and sear the burgers for 2 minutes per side. Skip the resting step. Instead, remove the burgers from the heat and transfer to a sheet pan. Quickly spread about 2 tablespoons of the Green Chile Relish on each one and quickly top with 2 slices of cheese. Let the burgers rest on the pan for a minute so the cheese sets.

Fill a saucepan with 4 inches of oil and heat to 350 degrees.

While the oil is heating, wrap the burgers. Place each burger in a bun. One at a time, invert the burger, in its bun, onto the center of a tortilla and wrap the tortilla around it, making overlapping folds and using egg wash to hold down each fold. The result should look something like a pentagon. Place burgers in the pan, fold side down. Fry for about 2 minutes per side until the tortillas are evenly browned and crispy. Serve immediately with Green Chile Relish.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
30g
43%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Cholesterol
158mg
53%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
47g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
21µg
3%
Vitamin B-12
5µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
16mg
2%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
43mg
13%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
392mg
56%
Selenium, Se
28µg
51%
Sodium, Na
217mg
14%
Water
106g
4%
Zinc, Zn
11mg
100%

Tortilla Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Tortilla Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.