It isn’t any kind of news that you can order a guacamole burger at just about any burger joint in town, but the one thing that bothers me the most is when they try to over complicate the toppings. From huge slices of tomato…to grilled onions…to bacon…to roasted red or green chilies…to chunks of lettuce…to pickles…sometimes even a combination of these things, all with a slap of guacamole messed somewhere in between. I’ve come to notice that the more complicated combination of toppings, the likelier the “guacamole” seems more of a bland avocado spread. It makes sense since the other toppings should make up for the lackluster taste of a boring spread, but I think that guacamole made right already carries enough flavor to satisfy the burger without all of the other nonsense. I mean, there’s avocados, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and lime—pretty prominent flavors—ready to pack a punch with every bite. Why would you need any more complexity than that? My guess is that it’s mostly for looks, but when I’m making guacamole burgers at home, I’m going for flavor…not fancy.
This is my version of guacamole burgers.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ground beef
- Fresh guacamole
- Pepper jack cheese
- Dijon mustard (optional for a spicier burger)
- Salt and pepper
(Preheat the oven to 400 F to toast the buns)
To start off, season the beef with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Form the burgers.
Heat up a lightly oiled sauté pan between medium and high heat.
Throw on the burgers. Cook on one side for 4 minutes.
Flip the burgers and immediately add the pepper jack cheese.
Cover the pan with tinfoil.
Note: Depending on the thickness, the burgers will only need about 6-7 minutes of total cook time, so make sure to keep an eye on them. The tinfoil helps fully melt the cheese without overcooking the burger.
Quickly toast the buns and prep them with Dijon mustard (optional) and guacamole.
By now, the cheese should be nice and melted and the burgers will be done.
Now these might not be the snazziest looking burgers, but I guarantee the flavor is all there. When the girlie and I sit down to eat, very few words are exchanged and neither of us even bother putting our burger down until it’s all gone. I suppose it makes us sound like a couple of savages, but they truly are that good.
The best part of this simple dinner is that it takes 30 minutes or less to make. Even with preparing fresh guacamole. Not only will that shave half the time of going out for a burger, it will also keep a few bucks in your pocket.
Until next time, take care.
Click here for the Homemade Guacamole recipe.