14 June 2011

Jalapeño, Avocado and Bacon Burger

I bet you were curious how to make this delicious burger, weren't you? Were you worried I would leave you hanging without a recipe? Have no fear, I have always planned on sharing it with you!

I found this recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine and needed to have it. So I made it. And it was amazing. Like, bacon fat amazing. Trust me, you'll see.

Go, make this today, serve it with tots, and tell me how delicious it is.

Jalapeño, Avocado and Bacon Burger
by Robert Del Grande, RDG & Bar Annie
  • 6 jalapeño chiles
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 avocados, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  1. Preheat a grill to medium and place a cast-iron skillet on top. Add the chiles and cook until softened and the skin is charred, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chiles to a bowl, cover and let cool slightly. Remove and discard the stems, skin and seeds; finely chop the chiles.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in the skillet until crisp. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat; chop the bacon.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the chopped bacon, the reserved bacon fat, the beef and half of the chiles. Form into 6 patties; season with salt and pepper.In a medium bowl, combine the queso fresco, mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1 tablespoon olive oil and the remaining chiles. Season with salt and pepper, cover and refrigerate.
  4. In another bowl, toss the avocados, cilantro, onion and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; set aside.
  5. Grill the burgers, flipping once, for about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Just before the burgers are finished cooking, grill the buns until toasted, about 1 minute. Place a burger on each bun bottom, top with some of the avocado salad, drizzle with some of the queso fresco dressing and set a bun top in place.


  1. Gosh Napoleon, you sure do eat a lot of tots.

  2. I swear I'm gonna turn into a tot!