I’ve done a handful of burgers now with the standard jalapeño pepper, so it’s time to switch it up! This chipotle burger recipe features the spicy, smokey chipotle pepper. Yes that’s a pepper, not a giant burrito. 😉
But first, one little secret… did you know the chipotle pepper is actually a jalapeño?
The Making of a Chipotle
When you get a jalapeño pepper you’re usually buying the unripe green peppers. A jalapeño actually turns red when it’s ripe at the end of the season (you can buy them this way too).
To make a chipotle pepper, farmers let jalapeños ripen until they turn red and begin to dry out. Then they pick them and put them in a smoker for several days until they dry out and shrivel up.
The Chipotle Burger Recipe
So how are we going to turn this delicious, smokey pepper into a burger?
First, we’re going to get a can of chipotles in adobo sauce. Adobo sauce is made with tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt, and spices such as cumin and oregano. It pairs great with the peppers and will add flavor to our burgers.
The peppers have seeds in them that can be removed by slicing length-wise and pulling them out.
Next, we’ll dice up the peppers and put them in the burger meat & make an aioli to top it all off.
Choose Your Spice Level
We’ll use the peppers in an aioli for the top of the burger as well as mixing them in with the meat. This burger wasn’t outrageously spicy, but it had some heat to it. If you want to cut back on the spice: mix only adobo sauce in the meat (instead of the peppers) or use less of the diced pepper.
This chipotle burger recipe features the spicy, smokey chipotle pepper. Yes that's a pepper, not just a giant burrito. Topped with chipotle aioli!
- 1 Lb Ground Beef 80% lean / 20% fat
- 1 Tbsp Minced Chipotle Pepper from chipotles in adobo sauce
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Minced
- Salt & Pepper to flavor
- 4 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese
- 3/4 Cup Mayo
- 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 2 Tbsp Minced Chipotle Pepper from chipotles in adobo sauce
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Minced
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
Open can of chipotles in adobo sauce. Remove 3-4 peppers and slice length-wise to open & remove seeds.
Mince chipotles & mix with other ingredients to make aioli. Set aside or in the refrigerator.
Gently mix chipotle & garlic into ground beef. Optionally add some adobo sauce to the mix. Form into patties.
Salt & pepper both sides of the patties and then cook on pan or grill. Flip & add cheese. Cook until done (140F for medium) - usually about 3-5 min a side on a grill or 1.5 min on a pan.
Top burgers with aioli and enjoy!