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.
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.
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.