Burger season has almost approached us here in Iowa. I am encouraging Mother Nature to warm us up by making these spicy Jalapeno and cilantro burgers! Come on Mother Nature, you can do it!
I would have braved the chilly weather and fired up the grill to achieve that ultimate smoky flavor that only a grill outside can create. But, we can’t use our grill anymore, at least not until we move into a house. Long story short, the fire department is cracking down on some fire codes here. We can no longer use a propane tank that is above 1 pound. That’s right, I said 1 pound! If we want to use our full-sized grill we now have to buy the disposable 1 pound tanks that are used for a camping trip. Therefore we pretty much have decided that it is not worth it to use our grill. Although I appreciate that the fire department wants to keep us safe from grills starting fires in buildings with porches that are right on top of each other, I am pretty bummed out about this situation; I love to grill in the summer. So, now we have a full-sized grill that we can’t use that is taking up valuable space on our porch. Needless to say, we will begin hunting for a house with a backyard where we can use our grill as soon as possible!
Moving onward with a positive attitude, I cooked my jalapeno and cilantro burgers in my oven. I find cooking them in an oven, over a rack that is placed on a rimmed cookie sheet, is much easier than cooking them in a pan. They tend to hold together better and the grease drips off them, creating a leaner burger. The burgers tasted almost as good as they would have if cooked on the grill outside. So if you are in a similar situation and can’t grill your burgers, don’t let that stop you from enjoying them. Be resourceful!
You will not want to miss out on these burgers. The flavors meld together perfectly. The Jalapeno adds a perfect kick, the garlic adds depth, the cumin adds a smoky flavor, the onion is perfectly softened, and the cilantro rounds out the flavors, adding a fresh, cooling taste. Of course I top them with some mild cheddar cheese and maybe a tomato. That’s it; they are simple and mouth-watering. Serve these burgers with a side of my basic guacamole for a complete meal. The two were absolutely meant for each other!
You need to make these simple, yet flavorful jalapeno and cilantro burgers immediately! Yes, they are that tasty.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 eggs, whisked (this helps to bind the meat and ingredients together)
- 1 Jalapeno, minced (remove the seeds or rips to adjust the spice to your taste)
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ yellow or white onion, minced
- 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems, minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- For the toppings, (optional):
- Mild cheddar cheese
- Whole wheat bun
- Slices of tomatoes
- Lettuce or leafy green of your choice
- Ketchup and mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your pan by placing a single cooling rack on a rimmed cookie sheet.
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients well. I find it easiest to use my hands.
- Using your hands, form 8 patties that are each roughly the same size. Place them on the baking sheet evenly spaced. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are cooked thoroughly. (Cook for only 15 minutes if you prefer your burger to have some pink.)
- Turn off the oven. Top the patties with sliced cheddar cheese and put back into the oven for 2 minutes. The leftover heat will melt the cheese just right.
- Serve on top of a whole wheat bun, with a tomato or lettuce of your choice. Also serve with some ketchup and mustard, but this burger is so flavorful that you may not need the ketchup and mustard. Enjoy!