A Very Good Reason To Not Be a Vegetarian

RECIPE: Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburger

When Amanda (whose birthday was yesterday) suggested burger week, I began to brainstorm of all kind of convoluted recipes for unusual burgers.  Then I talked myself off the ledge and decided to be simple.  I’ve often said, here I have it in writing, I’d consider being a vegetarian if I could continue to eat bacon cheeseburgers.  Sorry vegetarians, I can’t give up bacon.  But don’t be too mad, I’m not against trying vegetarian recipes.

If you live in the Phoenix metro area and you’ve never been to Blue Adobe Grille (the one in Mesa that looks creepy on the outside, not the posh one in Scottsdale), then you need to make your way over there ASAP.  I discovered it after living in the east valley for a few years and it immediately become one of my favorite restaurants.  I love New Mexican food and I’m a sucker for Blue Adobe’s honey smoked pork tamales and their smoky salsa.

One of the things Blue Adobe is famous for, at least according to Phoenix Magazine, is their Blue Adobe Burger, which is a bacon cheeseburger with optional green chiles.  Green chiles should never be optional.  So I decided to channel Blue Adobe with this burger.

The serve their burger the normal way, a patty with bacon, cheese, and a whole roasted green chile on top.  I decided to take that idea and smush it all together.  I mixed the chopped bacon, plus minced onion and garlic, into the beef.  Then I roasted the chiles in the grill and mixed those into mayonnaise.  I could have made my own mayo, but I think we can all agree that would be a bit too much work for a Sunday.

And that’s exactly what I did.  Here’s the end result.  It turned out to be really delicious.  The bacon added just enough smoky flavor to the burger.  One thing I’d do differently next time is chop up the bacon into finer pieces and maybe process it with the beef a bit to incorporate it.  Last night I used some of the leftover beef to make a burger with a fried egg in the middle, as I’ve been seeing it on Pinterest for weeks and I was curious.  It was pretty good.

Rating: I’m not going to say this was as good as Blue Adobe, because it wasn’t, but it was still a good burger.  I’d give it a strong 4 out of 5 glasses of cold water, which I needed after going in and out to grill the chiles and the burgers.

Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburger
Author: Manda
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 10
  • 3 lbs lean ground beef (I used 1.5 lbs 93/7 and 1.5 lbs 80/20, you need some 80/20 in there if you’re going to grill it)
  • 5 slices smoked bacon
  • 3 green chiles
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Put the green chiles on the grill on medium heat. Turn every 3-5 minutes, when the side gets blackened.
  2. When all sides are blackened, take off the grill, and put into a paper bag for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take out the chiles, pull off the skin, clean out the seeds, and chop.
  3. Add to the mayonnaise and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. Mix the ground beef and chopped bacon. Grill each side for about 8 minutes, or until it achieves your level of doneness.
  5. Serve each burger with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese and a reasonable helping of green chile mayonnaise.
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