Queso Fundido Burger

READY IN: 50mins


  • 2medium fresh poblano chiles
  • 8ounces fresh mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed
  • 1tablespoonvegetable oil
  • 1mediumonion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 12 lbsground chuck (chuck recommended but can use leaner cut)
  • 1 -2 canned chipotle chile in adobo, finely minced(seeded if you wish)
  • 8 thick slices monterey jack cheese
  • 4hamburger buns, lightly toasted

    Serving Size: 1 (324) g

    Servings Per Recipe:4

    Calories: 818.5

    Calories from Fat 504 g 62 %

    Total Fat 56.1 g 86 %

    Saturated Fat 20.7 g 103 %

    Cholesterol 167.3 mg 55 %

    Sodium 1007.3 mg 41 %

    Total Carbohydrate27.5 g 9 %

    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g 6 %

    Sugars 5 g 20 %

    Protein 48.2 g 96 %


  • Roast the poblanos over an open flame or 4 inches below a broiler, turning regularly until blistered and blackened all over, about 5 minutes for an open flame, 10 minutes for the broiler. Place in a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let cool. Rub off the blackened skin and pull out the stems and seed pods. Cut into 1/4-inch strips.
  • Set a large (10-inch) skillet over medium.  Add the chorizo and cook, breaking up large chunks, until the chorizo is beginning to brown and is cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Scrape on to a plate lined with paper towels and let cool.
  • Return the skillet to medium heat, measure in the oil and add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently until it begins to brown, 7 or 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and poblano and cook for 2 minutes. Taste and season with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon. Scrape the rajas into a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, the cooled chorizo, the chipotles and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Mix thoroughly but lightly (to keep from turning out an overly compact texture). Divide into 4 portions, lightly pressing them into patties the size of your buns.
  • Heat a gas grill to medium-high on one side, medium on the other; or light a charcoal fire and let it burn until the charcoal is covered with white ash (and still quite hot), then bank the coals to one side.
  • Lay the hamburger patties on the hottest side of the grill and cook until the grill grates have seared marks on one side, about 2 minutes if your grill is quite hot, then flip and cook until the hamburger is a little less done than you like (usually a couple of minutes longer for rare to medium rare). Move the burgers to the cooler side of the grill. Lay one piece of cheese on top of each burger, top with a portion of the warm rajas and then another piece of cheese. Close the lid and continue cooking until the cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the grill and place on a toasted bun. Serve immediately.
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