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Chipotle Guacamole Burgers
with fig salad and adobo dressing

Active: 25 min Total: 30 min

Smoky chipotles and adobo sauce give these burgers depth and sophistication, and guacamole makes it an all around crowd pleaser. I'm pairing our Latin-inspired burgers with a fig salad that I had at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. We use an adobo-based vinaigrette for a hint of smokiness to contrast against the sweet figs. If you can't find figs, use grapes instead. If you want to learn more about grilling burgers, check out our latest video.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Guacamole:
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Shallots - 1 bulb, minced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, pressed
  • Avocado - 2, seeded & cubed
  • Limes - 1, juice of
  • Hot sauce - to taste
Fig Salad with Adobo Dressing:
  • Figs - 8, halved
  • Adobo sauce (usually found with canned chipotle peppers) - 2 tsp
  • Sherry / red wine vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 1/4 lb
Chipotle Burgers:
  • Jalapenos - 1, seeded & diced
  • Chipotle peppers (canned, found usually in adobo sauce) - 1 to 2, chopped
  • Cilantro - 3 Tbsp, chopped
  • Ground beef (20% fat) - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Adobo sauce (usually found with canned chipotle peppers) - 2 Tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 to 2 Tbsp
  • Burger buns - 4
  • Guacamole - ingredients listed separately

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Prep

  1. For burgers: Jalapenos / Chipotles / Cilantro (for burgers & guacamole) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Burger - Using hands, mix together ground meat, jalapenos, chipotles, Adobo sauce, worcestershire sauce, honey, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Form into four 3/4" to 1" (1.9 cm-2.5 cm) thick patties, and make a depression in the center with your thumb. Cover and refrigerate if not making right away. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  3. For guacamole & salad: Shallots / Garlic / Avocado / Figs – Prep as directed
  4. Guacamole: Using a knife, mash shallots, garlic, avocado, and cilantro together with lime juice and plenty of salt. Season to taste with hot sauce. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate if not eating right away. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead of time)

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Make

  1. Make dressing by whisking together adobo, vinegar, honey, and oil. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Set aside.
  2. Brush patties with cooking oil and salt and pepper. Heat up grill or grill pan over high heat. Grill burgers for about 7 minutes for medium-rare, turning once. (If using outdoor grill, place burgers over flame, same cooking time.)
  3. Toast buns on grill or in a 400F (204C) degree oven for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Toss vinaigrette with greens and figs.
  5. Enjoy burgers topped with guacamole (and more chipotle peppers if you want) and your fig salad!

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Reviews

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15 reviews

The chipotle with the guac is a great combo. I didn't deseed the jalapeno because I like the hotness and we also added cheddar. Really good!

By: Sidney
Posted: Feb 22, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I was short on time so we used guac from Wholly Guacamole (next time I'll make it fresh!) but these burgers were so, so delicious! Everyone in the family loved them although they are fairly spicy. We loved that they were juicy and full of flavor. Will definitely make them again!

By: Denise
Posted: Jun 30, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A few changes that we made were; we used portabello caps for a bun (and actually we only used 1 cap and stacked the burger on top then finished with the guacamole), also we added tomatoes, garlic salt and 3 extra avocados to the guacamole because the original recipe left ours over powered with lime flavor. But everything was absolutely delicious.

By: tonya
Posted: Mar 27, 2015
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Used dried figs and soaked them in a little red wine to reconstitute them. Delicious :)

By: Tracey
Posted: Feb 19, 2015
Diet: Original
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OH EM GEE!!!! These burgers were amazing!!! We cooked them on the grill and then topped with cheese which made them even better!!!!! I liked the salad but the burgers here are the real star!!!!!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 03, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used a third of chipotle and adobo sauce. Amazing! (Did not make salad)

By: Julie
Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Diet: Original
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