Friday, July 2, 2010

Burger Throwdown: Spicy Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Do you remember the scene in Liar! Liar! when Jim Carey's character is having to injure himself to get out of court? He's in the bathroom hitting himself when someone walks in and asks what he is doing. In a deranged state, he yells, "I'm kicking my own ASS!"

That's kind of what this post is. I did a burger throwdown against myself last night. The July issue of Southern Living had a Top Rated Burgers article. I decided to make two of them and try them head to head. Either way I win. Either way I lose. I'm kicking my own ass!

I cooked the Editors Choice recipe, Fig Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam, for my post over at Our Krazy Kitchen. Click on over there.

Here is the challenger...

Spicy Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
Source: Southern Living July 2010

1 can chipolte peppers in adobo sauce
2 lb ground beef (80/20)
2 tsp Montreal steak seasoning
6 thick slices sharp cheddar cheese
6 buns

Tex-Mex Secret Sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup ketchup
4.5 ounce can green chiles, chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, fresh chopped

Mix the secret sauce together and let rest in the fridge.

Puree the chipolte and adobo sauce in a blender. (Note: You will only use 3-4 teaspoons for this recipe, save the rest for something else.)

Mix together the beef, seasoning, and chipolte puree. I had to add an egg as a binder because it wasn't wanting to hold together.

Divide into 12 thin patties about 4" in diameter. Top 6 of them with cheese and then top with the remaining six patties. Seal the cheese in between the two patties by pressing the edges together, like a Juicy Lucy burger. Chill for 30 minutes to 8 hours.

Grill on a 350-400f grill for 6-7 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the center. Next time I'll go back to my normal cooking times and temps instead. They were done at this temp/time, but I like more searing on the outside (4 min per side at 450-500f w/ two minute flips).

Serve on a cheddar bun, Tex-Mex Secret Sauce, and desired toppings.

Where the fig burgers were a bit too sweet for me, these Spicy burgers were almost a bit "too heat" for me. I like spicy but I went a little too heavy on the adobo sauce. The Tex-Mex sauce was surprisingly not hot, it was sweet and helped offset the spicy burger.

The burger fight went the distance, with neither scoring a knock out. The reigning champ's sweet style was countered by the strikingly different spicy punch of the challenger. Let's go to the score cards.

Round 1 - Creativity/Presentation
Figs on a burger edge out a cheese stuffed burger, but a close round. 10-9 Fig Burger.

Round 2 - Taste
Two contrasting styles, but the fig was too sweet for me. I have to go with the Spicy Cheddar. 10-8 Spicy Cheddar.

Round 3 - Texture
Almost too close to call. The onion jam was a great burger topping. But biting through the Spicy burger and into the cheese was a pleasure. 10-9 Spicy Cheddar.

The winner by majority decision - Spicy Cheddar Stuffed Burger.

What's going on your grill this 4th of July weekend?


  1. Oh yeah baby, I vote for the spicy cheddar too!

    Believe it or not no grilling going on here for the 4th - it's southern fried chicken and potato salad here. It's what my mother always made on the 4th, I've just continued the tradition :-)

  2. I don't think I'd like the fig burger...but the spicy cheddar sounds pretty "fire" ;) ;) to me... YUM!

  3. Both look fantastic from here Chris! Nice throwdown. :)

  4. I have to agree about the spicy cheddar. Sounds as close to a perfect burger as one can get!

  5. Yeah, I like figs too, but I don't know about on a burger so I'd have to go with the spicy cheddar too. That adobo sauce is some fiery stuff to me - and I like some heat but it's too much.

    Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

  6. I have been looking for a special 4th burger and this probably it. Looks wonderful

  7. Spicy Cheddar (Speddar?) FTW!

  8. Your last three meals all look great - not sure how I missed the first two. As for the burgers, they both look outstanding - great grill marks, but I'm sure I'd prefer the heat to the sweet.

  9. Spicy Juicy Lucy's - what's not to love!

  10. I love that movie :) And now I want a burger. Now. This very second!

  11. Family reunion this weekend. I'll definitely post pictures of something being destroyed by the idiot manning the grill.

  12. So. If I made both of these. And ate them both. In the same day. Would that make me a glutton? Or just a super serious ass kicker? That is the question.

    I actually really like the sound of the fig ones...but I am a fig addict. Then again, spicy cheddar is pretty damn amazing also....

  13. This is the best way to have a challenge...You have nothing to lose when you kick your own ass.
    Both burgers look good. You know you can never have enough good burger recipes.

    Happy 4th of July to you and your family.

  14. I don't think I've seen Liar Liar. What the heck has happened to Jim Carey lately anyway? Figs are so sweet, I'm not surprised to hear you say the burger was a bit too. And you have to be careful with those ornery Chipotles in adobo. I put too many in chili last winter and and it was firecracker h-o-t. I am saving that Secret Tex-Mex sauce. Sounds really good. Maybe on some soft-shell tacos??

  15. I knew the winner before you announced it!

  16. I knew eventually I would be reading about Jim Carey on these pages. GREG

  17. I'd put my vote to the spicy stuffed burger. It was good to see a Jim Carrey reference by the way. Belated Happy 4th to you!

  18. I made quesadilla jalapeno cheese stuffed burgers the other night and cooked them for 4 minutes per side. I would've liked to have cooked them a little longer but some of the cheese wanted to start escaping and I got nervous LOL


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