Spicy Poblano Burgers with Chipotle Cream

July 27, 2011 · 9 comments

in beef,burgers/sandwiches,healthy,mexican/tex-mex


Sooooooooo. Here is another recipe with poblano peppers.


As soon as I saw these spicy poblano burgers on Courtney’s blog, Cook Like a Champion, I knew they’d be a huge hit in our house. Actually, I’m pretty sure anyone who knows me would think the same thing. Roasted poblanos? Check. Chipotles? Sí. Ability to be eaten on a too-giant and not-entirely-whole-wheat hamburger bun? Indeed.

These burgers have similar ingredients to what is possibly my favorite burger, the queso fundido burger.  I did add a little cheese to these – and I do mean a little, which is why you can’t really see it. I had a very small amount of chihuahua cheese leftover that I knew would pair well.

The nice thing about these (besides, you know, that they taste fabulous) is that they’re pretty healthy.  Ground sirloin, which is more flavorful than chuck, serves as the base. Despite the leanness of the sirloin, the burgers manage to stay juicy, which may be the result of the milk-soaked bread (a technique I also use when making Greek keftedes).

The burgers themselves are not very spicy, since poblanos have a pretty low heat index, and the coriander adds great flavor (why is coriander better than cilantro? I’ll never know.) The chipotle cream, though, definitely gives these burgers a kick. Of course, you can easily control the spice level with that by adjusting how many chipotles or adobo sauce you stir into the sour cream.

I cooked these in my cast iron pan because there was rain in the forecast all day, so we couldn’t grill. This worked perfectly, however.

We had these with roasted sweet potato fries — well, whatever was left of the fries after the kid inhaled them all in about a minute flat, that is.

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bellini July 28, 2011 at 2:42 am

The chipotle cream sounds amazing Elly. It seems that I always have cans of chipotle chilis in adobo in the cupboard.


Joanne July 28, 2011 at 4:27 am

You know, I’ve never really thought about it but coriander does taste completely different from cilantro! Craziness.

I love the subtle heat of this burger! Definitely an awesome summer meal!


Joan Nova July 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

I’d stand in line for that burger!


Erin July 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

Mmmm I would love these for dinner, esp with that side of sweet potato fries!


Christina @ This Woman Cooks! July 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

What a beautiful burger!


Claudie July 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

That burger looks tasty :)


the little kimchi pierogi July 29, 2011 at 8:27 am

I made these from Courtney’s blog too and totally agree that these are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! Unlike a lot of burgers where the add-ins don’t really shine through, you can really taste the poblanos….mmmmm….so good!


sarah@spinachandspice July 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

i’m so glad I found your blog! my family is huuuuge mexican/southwestern cuisine lovers. and, we just returned from a two week trip in Greece. our two favorite types of food in one blog.. what a find!


Noelle August 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Yum! This looks and sounds delicious!


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