We love our Sunday afternoon barbecues with burgers.
We also love our Tuesday night tacos.
But what happens a little later in the week on, say, a Thursday night?
We combine them both into Southwest Jack Cheeseburgers with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream.
The idea of a burger flavored with seasonings that generally lean in the direction of the Southwest isn’t new or unique. Type any variation of “southwest,” “southwestern,” “Mexican,” or “Tex Mex” with “burgers” in google and you’ll get results that go on for pages. Most of the recipes call for seasoning ground beef with some sort of chili powder/cumin based spice mix, adding Jack cheese, and topping burgers with ingredients usually reserved for tacos and burritos like salsa and guacamole.
Nothing new there, and we’re on board with all of that.
What is new though, at least to us, is the perfect, much better suited actually, substitution of Chipotle Lime Sour Cream for any (and all) of the burger condiments. You wouldn’t put ketchup, mustard or mayo on a taco, and you certainly wouldn’t put it on a Southwest Cheeseburger. Instead, the Chipotle Lime Sour Cream has the perfect tang to replace the ketchup, more creaminess to replace mayo, and a heavy, heated bite from chipotle peppers to kick mustard to the condiment curb.
Southwest Jack Cheeseburger Menu
Southwest Jack Cheeseburgers
Additional Burger Toppings
Chipotle Lime Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Southwest Jack Cheeseburgers Recipe
Suggested Burger Toppings
grilled red onions
roasted chili peppers (we used pasilla peppers)
sliced fresh avocado
sliced fresh tomato
jalapenos (instead of pickles)
salsa (instead of ketchup)
Place ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. Using clean hands, combine beef with seasoning.
Divide seasoned ground beef into four parts. Shape into patties about 4 inches in diameter. Place patties in single layer on plate or tray, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 20 minutes.
Heat grill to medium.
When grill is hot, cook burger to desired “done-ness.” We cooked ours for about 5 minutes total.
Place burgers on bottom half of buns. When the patty is cool enough to touch top each patty with slice of pepperjack cheese. If you wait too long the burger will be too cool, but if you put the cheese on too soon, it melts down too much (for our taste, that is).
Serve with suggested burger toppings and Chipotle Lime Sour Cream
Chipotle Sour Cream Recipe
makes 1 cup
1 8-ounce container or 1 cup Breakstone’s/Knudsen sour cream
4 chipotle peppers, finely chopped (use more or less to adjust heat level)
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can
finely grated zest from 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a medium/small mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. We used about 1 teaspoon salt and 1 hard turn on the pepper mill.
Use the Chipotle Lime Sour Cream with Southwest Jack Cheeseburgers.
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for a few days. However, the Chipotle Lime Sour Cream won’t last that long because you can dollop it onto Huevos Rancheros or other egg dishes, slather it onto sandwiches, or serve with Grilled Fish Tacos.