Poblano Burgers

*Photo and Content Updated August 2012*

Inspiration: This meal was Brandon’s creation. He’s my awesome griller, and he thought up this idea a while ago and has just been waiting for a good day to give it a try. I love the nights when he heads outside and grills us up a fab meal. And what’s better than a grilled burger on a summer evening? Not much! With all of the great foods that you can grill, I still find that nothing spells summer more to me than a burger.

What we Loved: Firstly – grilling poblano peppers (and then putting them on top of grilled burgers) smells amazing. I felt it necesary to note. Secondly – the flavors of this burger were just perfect, from the ground beef seasoned with Southwestern spices, to the smoky rich poblanos, to the nice pile of gooey, melted cheese. Both the burger itself and the poblano had that great, slightly blackened grilled flavor, and the peppers and pepperjack cheese really added a wonderful level of heat. We enjoyed this with some cool guacamole on the side, and the only thing missing was an icy margarita.

Tips: This burger is fairly spicy, so I wouldn’t make it if you don’t like spicy foods. Or, you might consider using a mild cheese like cheddar or even goat cheese to scale down the heat a touch.

Poblano Burgers
Source: Original Recipe
Serves: 2

Ground beef, enough to make 2 patties to preference
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Ground cumin
Ground coriander
Kosher salt
2 small poblano peppers
Pepper jack cheese, to taste
Cilantro, to garnish

1. Place the ground beeef in a bowl, and add a good sprinkle of garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, coriander, and salt. Mix with your hands to combine, and then form the meat into two patties.

2. Place the poblano peppers on the grill, and grill until blackened on all sides. Remove the peppers from the grill, and place them in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let the peppers sit for approximately 5 minutes, and then remove the skins from the peppers. Remove the stem and core from each pepper, and then slice the peppers in half vertically, leaving you with four total pepper slices. Remove any extra seeds.

3. Grill the burgers as desired. When the burgers are almost cooked, top each burger with two poblano pepper slices and a slice of cheese, and cook until the cheese is just melted.

4. Top with cilantro.

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