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Western Burgers

No buns about it!
Western Burgers
Photo courtesy Beef - It's What's For Dinner

These burgers get a West Coast twist by adding California's favorite, avocados, to the mix and substituting a lettuce wrap for the bun. Throw on some hot sauce if you're feeling extra spicy.

This recipe is courtesy of Beef - It's What's For Dinner.

Ready in
25 m
15 m
(prepare time)
10 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.


  • 1 Pound ground beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons chopped onion
  • 2 Teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 butter, romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced


Combine ground beef, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.

Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.

Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals.

Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill,  covered, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally.

Place each burger on lettuce.

Evenly top with onion, tomato and avocado.

Wrap lettuce around burgers.