Oct 31, 2013

Beef & Chorizo Burgers w/ Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

Those ALL beef patties I grew up hearing about in that commercial jingle?  Beef and chorizo patties deserve a little jingle of their own.
Beef & Chorizo Burgers w/ Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

We're talking chorizo, people.  You hear "bacon makes everything better" all the time.  I'd argue that chorizo is right up there on that pork pedestal.

The inspiration for these burgers was Donna Hay's Beef & Chorizo Burgers w/ Beetroot Relish.
Beef & Chorizo Burgers w/ Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

Hey...where's the beets?

The original recipe calls for canned beets.  I bought them.  I really did.  Much of the day I made this was spent fretting over those dang beets.  I found myself dreading the idea of making the beetroot relish--although the picture on Donna Hay's website looks good.  We are beef people, not beet people.  (How many food ad references can I squeeze into this post?)  Somewhere along the drive home from work the beets got erased.  Since I love Mexican and Southwest flavors, the sour cream-horseradish mixture turned into a mixture of sour cream, cumin, and chipotle.

These burgers turned out really well.  We liked the way the chorizo flavored the beef (a lot!) and the sour cream concoction was much more fitting than the usual parade of mayo, mustard, ketchup.

I'd make them again...as long as I can have them my way.
Beef & Chorizo Burgers w/ Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

This week, I Heart Cooking Clubs is all about Sandwich Sensations from Donna Hay.
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Beef & Chorizo Burgers w/ Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce
based on a recipe by Donna Hay

for the sauce:
1/2 c lite sour cream
3/4 tsp cumin
1 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped
1 tsp adobo sauce

for the burgers:
1 lb ground beef
6 oz fresh Mexican chorizo
salt and black pepper to taste
olive oil
4 hamburger buns
spinach or lettuce leaves

Make the sauce by whisking together the sour cream, cumin, chipotle, and adobo.  Chill until ready to use.

Heat a grill or grill pan.
Add the ground beef to a mixing bowl.  Squeeze the chorizo from the casing into the bowl.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper and gently combine with your hands (try not to overwork the meat).  Divide the mixture into 4 portions and shape into patties.

Brush both sides of the burgers with olive oil and place on the grill over medium heat.  Grill to desired doneness (about 7-8 minutes for medium well).  While the burgers cook, brush the inside surfaces of the buns.  Place them on the grill when the burgers have just a couple of minutes left.

Dress the burgers with the sour cream sauce and spinach or lettuce.  Serves 4.


  1. These looks so good! I think I would rather have it your way too. Beets were for salads in my family. I can't wait to make these for Mom. We are the only ones in my family that appreciate cumin and chorizo Thanks Michelle!

  2. Your burgers look fabulous and they sound delicious with the added chorizo. Your southwest take on the condiment would be a hit with my family but I'm a fan of pickled beets with spicy Polish sausage so I'd like to try the original. Bookmarked!

  3. I agree chorizo pretty much make everything better! And horseradish with beef a match made in heaven. But I do love beets on a burger! It is a bit of a Kiwi/Australian thing that I have picked up since moving here….but really it does work a treat!!

  4. Great burgers, Michelle. I agree with you about chorizo being up there with bacon, in fact I often sub in chorizo in a recipe that asks for bacon.

    Being the Kiwi girl that I am, no burger would be quite right without a slice of beetroot, so I probably would gone down that track, but knowing that you're a bit antsy about beets, I'm so glad you made this one your own and I love the sauce that you created.

  5. LOL.... I love beets, but my husband probably wouldn't have tried your burgers (even tho he loves Chorizo) if there had been beet relish on them. Good Call.

  6. I have been posting chorizo recipes for a couple of weeks and figured I had better make something else this week or people would start to frown...lol...after I saw this recipe I thought maybe not...maybe chorizo recipes are just not too much of a good thing. These burgers look fantastic, and you can bet I am going to try this recipe out on my burger-loving guys.

  7. Looks great. I would personally go for the beet too. But yes you are right about chorizo being the new bacon!

  8. Anonymous11/03/2013

    These do sound good. I have added venison sausage to beef for burgers but I bet the chirozo really added a kick.

  9. Oh, yes! I definitely think chorizo is every bit as good and flavorful as bacon. These burgers were on my radar too and I think I'll probably make them for sure before our time is up with DH. I can't say I'd look forward to a beetroot relish, but I'm definitely on board with your chipotle sauce (only with mayo instead of sour cream because you know how I feel about sour cream). LOL! Hope you're doing good!

  10. Look at those grill marks! ;-) These look yummy--I like your southwest take on them. ;-)

  11. Michelle,
    Pinned this one, my husband is going to love it.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  12. This looks delicious! I really have to get some chorizo one of these days, they are pretty expensive over here!
    Love the sandwich!

  13. Michelle,
    Pinned! Beets are one of my favorites- thanks.

  14. These are my kind of flavors, we will just love this burger! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  15. I can't wait to try this, Michelle! This sounds like it would be a winner with my family! Pinned it!


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