This healthy burger recipe features a spicy fajita burger slathered with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise and topped with roasted Anaheim peppers and a delicious slaw. Serve it on an oblong bun. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2012

Bruce Aidells
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

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  • Place beef, 1/4 cup cilantro, onion, scallions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, about 1/2 inch thick and oval-shaped to match the rolls.

  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice and chipotle in a small bowl.

  • Peel the roasted peppers, halve lengthwise and remove the seeds.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, about 6 minutes per side. Top with cheese and cook until it is melted, about 1 minute more.

  • Assemble the burgers on toasted rolls with the chipotle mayonnaise, half a roasted pepper, cabbage, tomato and onion.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the chipotle mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 5 days.

Ingredient Note: Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful sauce. Look for the small cans with the Mexican foods in large supermarkets. Once opened, they'll keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. You can also find them dried with other chiles or at melissas.com and ground in the spice section of many supermarkets.

Tips: To oven-roast peppers: 1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. Arrange whole bell peppers on the rack. 2. Roast peppers in the center of the oven, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened in places, 30 to 40 minutes. 3. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool. 4. With a paring knife, remove stems, skins and seeds. If serving as antipasto, combine accumulated juices with peppers.

To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

261 calories; 10.6 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 699 mg sodium. 36 g carbohydrates; 9.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2019
Agree with other reviewers these burgers were fantastic. Loved the french bread buns. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2017
This truly is the best burger I have ever had our whole family loved this one Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This burger is outstanding. But it may not be for the faint of heart. The rest of my family said it was WAY too spicy for them. Kathy Odessa De Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I am known for my burgers and whenever I try a burger "recipe" I am disappointed. This one however is fantastic! I can't wait to make these for friends. The roasted peppers add so much flavor and the mayo is great! Sarah Rhinelander WI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
We used ground turkey instead of beef and they were awesome. We didn't use the chipotle mayo. We added cheddar cheese and sliced avocado and used romaine lettuce instead of cabbage. Bunnie San Diego CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are AMAZING. My husband is very picky and so it's hard to find foods especially healthier foods that he will like! He LOVED these. I will be making these often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These were no ordinary burgers. Absolutely delicious. Everyone wanted more. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
An Improvised Success! My husband loved these burgers!! (I was not able to try them). I improvised a ton and they still turned out great. I was out of Chili powered so I added a little extra of the other spices (especially cumin) I also added some Cayenne pepper. I only had white onions and no scallions so I chopped a bit more white to add. I used red peppers because that is what I had. Also created my own sauce with mayo lime juice chili paste and a few drops of hot sauce. My husband it wasn't a stand out in a bad or good way but loved the whole burger! Can't wait to try it with the right ingredients! Maybe some mini burger appetizers...... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Best burger ever This may be the best burger I've ever had! Great flavor! I thought the cilantro would be the overpowering taste but that was not the case at all. Be careful not use too much chipotle chiles - they pack a lot of heat; but they also pack a lot of flavor. Everone liked these and I will definitely be making these again! Pros: Taste is great Cons: A little time consuming Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Absolutely delicious!!! This burger was absolutely delicious!!! I didn't use cilantro but they were still a big hit with my very picky husband and son! Pros: Moist mayo sauce was yummy Read More