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Nacho Burgers

Of all the burger recipes F&W has run (more than 100), and of the six from chef Bobby Flay, this one is the over-the-top best, with juicy meat, gooey cheese, salsa and tortilla chips.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo, seeded and minced

  • 3 plum tomatoes, finely diced

  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced

  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • Salt

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino cheese

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

  • Vegetable oil, for brushing

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • Sliced pickled jalapeños and blue corn tortilla chips, for topping


  1. Make the salsa In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt.
  2. Make the cheese sauce In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and cook over moderate heat for 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking, until thickened, 5 minutes. Stir in the Jack cheese until melted, then stir in the pecorino; season with salt and pepper. Let cool until spreadable.
  3. Make the burgers Light a grill. Form the beef into 4 patties and brush with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until browned outside and medium within, 4 minutes per side. Place the burgers on the buns, top with the cheese sauce, salsa, jalapeños and chips, and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Bold, berry-rich Zinfandel.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published January 2012

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