Southwest Burger: Dad Food

Why does it seem like all dads like nuts, butter pecan ice cream, and spicy food?
Okay maybe that’s just our dads.
My friend Heidi told me this was one of the best burgers she’s ever had. Those are big words to live up to…but they did. This burger has amazing flavor and the chipotle peppers give it some nice heat which my husband loves (remember those leftover chipotle peppers I told you to keep from the Roast Beef Hoagies). Then it’s served with a Chipotle Lime Mayo. Oh wait…I have a confession…this is a turkey burger. Yes, I served a healthy turkey burger with loads and loads of Chipotle Lime Mayo and Queso Fresco cheese. I didn’t have any beef…give me a break. I’m sure a beef burger gives it a little more oomph but if the turkey burger version was this good I can only imagine.


Southwest Burger
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck or ground sirloin (turkey burger is good too)
  • 1 1/2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce , cut up
  • 1 1/2 T adobo sauce (from the chipotle chili can)
  • 1/4 cup grated onion (I just minced mine with my food chopper)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Chipotle-lime Mayo:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp adobo sauce (from the canned chipotle chilis)
  • 2 T chopped fresh cilantro
To assemble:
  • 4-6 good quality buns
  • 1 tomato , sliced
  • 1-2 avocados , sliced
  • lettuce
  • optional: jack , cotija, or queso fresco cheese (or your favorite sliced cheese)
  1. To make the mayo, just put ingredients in a small bowl and mix together. Place in the fridge until ready to use. You can also make this ahead of time.
  2. Gently crumble meat into a bowl. Add the other ingredients and gently work together. They give a great tip that if you overwork it, the meat gets a gross texture, so just mix until it is worked through.
  3. Then divide into 4 patties (or 6 small patties) and place on your preferred cooking surface, be it grill, indoor grill, or skillet.
  4. In the last few minutes of grilling, add your cheese. When done, remove from grill and let cool for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, toast your buns and lather the prepared mayo on both sides. Then place burger on bun, add avocado, tomato, and lettuce and eat away into bliss!
Recipe Notes
Source: Our Best Bites

Speak Your Mind



  1. I’m hooked…this is making me want to eat dinner again! I love a good burger recipe and a spicy one at that makes me like it even more!!

  2. This looks really yummy-especially the avocado!

  3. This sounds like a great way to enjoy a burger!

  4. I make a southwest turkey burger too! My recipe is a lot different though – I’m going to have to give yours a try. The chipotle-lime mayo looks awesome!

  5. Yum this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try that chipotle-lime mayo

  6. Wow, I love all the flavors!!! I will totally make this for my hubby!!! Thanks for sharing. YUM

  7. Perfect summer meal for me. Thanks, and I’m so glad I found your blog…it’s great! Will follow along.

  8. Ha this just cracked me up…your opening statement about what dads love is SO true!

    Love the sound of this burger and am always looking for new variations!

  9. Oh yuM! This looks like a great burger- turkey or not.