A juicy hamburger with just hint of smoky heat, this avocado chipotle hamburger is perfect for the grill. Topped with swiss cheese and chipotle mayo these burgers will become a fast favorite for any time you turn on the grill or make on the stove.
There is honestly nothing better on a weekend by the pool than a great hamburger. These are one of my go to hamburgers whenever I bring food to a pool party or when friends say they are grilling. Plus I never have to worry about having to take any home as my friends eat them all.
In this recipe
This recipe is all about the chipotle pepper. Both the pepper and the adobo sauce it comes in are included in this recipe. They give the burger a nice smoky flavor that is enhanced by grilling. However, if you are cooking them on the stove it will give a nice smoky flavor without the grill. If it is up to me I will always grill the hamburger.
Making the chipotle hamburger
One of the most important things to be aware of is to make sure that they meat isn’t overworked. The more you work meat the tougher it will become. As we work with meat we continue to compact it and that will cause it to become tougher later when the meat starts to contract when cooking. A great way to limit the amount of mixing is to mix the spices with the chipotle peppers then cover as much of the meat with the slurry before mixing by hand.
Shaping the burger
Once the meat has been mixed you will want to roll it into a ball. I like to smash mine down to about a 1/2 inch thickness. It is important to make a small well in the middle. By doing this you will get a nice flat hamburger patty. This happens as the meat contracts and the center starts to expand. If there is a well in the middle then the center will rise up to the level of the edges.
Turn up the heat
One of the things about ground beef is that you cannot really cook it the same way you can as a steak. You will want it cooked to a minimum of medium to medium well versus a steak which can be served rare or medium rare. The reason for this is because a steak is effectively sterile on the inside and only the outside contains the harmful bacteria. When the beef is ground the surface bacteria are mixed into all of the beef.
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Avocado Chipotle Hamburger
- Large skillet or cast iron pan optional
- Charcoal or gas grill
- Mixing Bowl
- 1½ pounds ground beef
- 2 tbsp chipotle peppers chopped, about 2 peppers
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- ½ tbsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ tbsp adobo sauce
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 avocado sliced
- 2 oz swiss cheese sliced
- 4 hamburger buns
Making the chipotle mayonnaise
- Combine the mayonnaise and adobo sauce and mix well. Set aside.
Making the hamburger
- In a mixing bowl combine the ground beef, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and chipotle pepper together. Be sure to not overmix.
- Form into 4 balls and then flatten to about a half an inch. If you want a larger burger flatten a bit more.
- On medium high/indirect heat, cook the hamburgers for 3-5 minutes per side depending on preferred doneness. Place the slice of cheese on top of the burger after it has been flipped.
- Spread chipotle mayonnaise on the bottom bun and top with the burger patty. Add the avocado and any other additional toppings and spread a little more chipotle mayonnaise on the top bun.