In New Mexico, the state vegetable is the chile pepper, where they're layered atop beef for an iconic dish: the Green Chile Cheeseburger. Sometimes topping the Scoville chart, and sometimes mildly spicy, these burgers are defined by a relish of mixed chiles and a handsome dose of melted cheese. Bobby's recipe has poblano, Hatch and serrano chiles with honey and red wine vinegar to balance. Pickled red onions add tang, and a Monterey Jack-Parmesan queso sauce brings it home with creamy rich flavor.
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Throwdown's Green Chile Cheeseburgers
Total:
5 hr 5 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
5 hr 5 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Queso Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 12 ounces Chihuahua or Monterey jack cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Green Chile Relish:
  • 1 medium poblano chile, roasted, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 Hatch chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 serrano chile, roasted, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pickled Red Onions:
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
  • 12 blue or yellow corn tortilla chips, coarsely crushed

Directions

Burgers:

For the queso sauce:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the milk, increase the heat to high and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cheese until melted; add the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm.

For the relish:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the pickled red onions:

Bring vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Put the onions in a medium bowl, pour the vinegar over, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours before serving.

For the burgers:

Heat a griddle or large saute pan over high heat. Add the oil and let it heat until it begins to shimmer.

Shape the ground beef with your hands into 4 round patties about 1 1/2 inches thick and season each burger on both sides with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the burgers until golden brown on both sides and cooked to medium, about 8 minutes.

Put the burgers on the buns and top each with a few tablespoons of the queso sauce, relish, onions and chips.

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