Monday, May 13, 2013

Southwest Salsa Burgers

Total time : 20 minutes   Makes 4 burgers (serving size 1 burger)

1/4           cup finely chopped shallots
3/8           teaspoon salt
1/4           teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/8           teaspoon black pepper
1              pound 90% lean ground sirloin   
1/4           cup refrigerated fresh salsa, divided 
                    **Cooking spray **
4             (0.67-ounce) slices Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
4              Boston lettuce leaves
4              (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
1.       Combine first 5 ingredients and 2 tablespoons salsa. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
2.        Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each patty with 1 cheese slice; cook 1 minute or until cheese melts.
3.      Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top with 2 tomato slices, 1 patty, 1 1/2 teaspoons salsa, and 1 bun top.

Chipotle chiles and fresh salsa give these burgers a Southwestern kick that will heat up the dinner table in just 20 minutes.

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