Cheater Chorizo Burgers

To mimic the spicy, vibrant flavor of chorizo, F&W’s Justin Chapple adds chile powder, hot paprika, cumin and garlic to ground pork for these hearty burgers. Slideshow: More Burger Recipes 

Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork 

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon hot paprika

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 teaspoons chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 4 brioche hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • Ketchup, Bibb lettuce and sliced yellow tomato, for serving


  1. In a bowl, using a fork, gently stir the pork with the vinegar, paprika, garlic, chile powder, cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper. Using 2 lids from 1-quart takeout containers, press one fourth of the pork mixture into 4 perfect patties. Transfer to a plate. Repeat to form the remaining patties.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Season the patties lightly with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer the burgers to the buns, top with ketchup, lettuce and tomato and serve.

Make Ahead

The patties can be refrigerated for up to 3 hours before grilling.

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