Sunday, March 17, 2013

Grilled Nachos Burger

Grilled Nachos Burger

Nacho Burger
Grilled Nacho Burger
This Nacho Burger is a great burger that is fun to make!  It's not difficult and its packed with flavor.  Salsa's, cheese, peppers, pork...This grilled Nacho Burger will put a smile on your face! 

The simplest things inspire me and it was no exception on this Sunday afternoon drive home from the beach.
We spent spring break with my brother and my sister in law at their beach house in Bolivar, just a ferry ride from Galveston.  Well, we packed all of this food to bring up there and ended up eating out every night.  So we had to bring home quite a bit of food.  We can of course throw the meats in the freezer, that's not a problem but we had several packages of hamburger and hot dog buns that I didn't want to go to waste. 
So it's about an hour drive back home and I spent that hour trying to figure out what I wanted to cook that could utilize the buns baby (say this in your James Bond voice).  Well hamburgers is the easy answer and it was a beautiful day so I wanted to grill.  But I didn't want to just cook a burger.  Too easy! So, as I am driving and eating my blue corn toasted chips as a snack, it hit me.  Nacho Burgers!  Yes, I am that easy!  Ok, so here goes.
 Have you used a Ceramic Kamado Grill?  They are fantastic!

Grilled Nacho Burger

Grilled Nachos Burger:
The Meat:
1 Lb 80 / 20 Ground Meat
1/2 Lb Ground Pork
1 Tbl Spn Chili Powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp Cummin
1 Tsp Fajita Spice
1 Tsp Dried Cilantro
1 Tsp Mexican Oregano
3 Tbl Spn fresh chopped Cilantro
1/4 Cup of your favorite Salsa
1 Tbl Spn Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Liquid Smoke
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 Chopped Pepper Jack Cheese (Chopped into very small cubes).

Mix all of the ingredients well and form into patties.  Let chill for about 15 minutes or more while you prepare your grill.  Or you can do this in the oven on 375.  Prepare the grill for half direct heat and the other half indirect.
Place burgers on the direct heat side of the grill and let it cook for about 3 or 4 minutes then flip.  Cook for another 3 or 4 minutes.  This helps the burgers stay together.  Now, move the burgers to the indirect side away from the coals.  Close lid if you have it and let the burgers cook for about another 7 to 10 minutes.  Flipping about half way through.  Cook until desired doneness.
The Nachos: 
Your favorite corn chips (I used Blue Corn for this)
Grated Cheddar Cheese

Ok, once the burgers are done or close to it, carefully stack the chips on top of the burger.  Then load the burger with the grated cheese.  Do this on 2 or 3 so you don't get frazzled.  You can do the others after this batch.

Ok, after the cheese is on the Nacho Burger, cover it with a large deep pot lid or cake pan.  I used a square brownie pan.  Anything to cover and create an oven.  Then close the lid if you have one.
After about 4 to 6 minutes your cheese should be melted.  Gently remove the burgers and top with peppers or your favorite nacho toppings.  Enjoy!