Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chorizadilla Burger

Yeah, that's no ordinary burger name, but this is no ordinary burger.

We made these after Alexis and I had spent the afternoon by the pool, so I was in a very "summery" mood.  As a result, the burger was very...well, "summery".  It's a chorizo burger patty, topped with avocado, pico de gallo, and a grilled quesadilla for a bun.  

Little Known Fact:  Although "pico de gallo" means "rooster's beak", there is no beak or even any chicken in pico de gallo.  [Okay, you might have known that.]

Chorizadilla Burger
Serves:  4

  • 4 Johnsonville Chorizo Burgers
  • 4 flour tortillas, 8" size
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo (see recipe)
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to 350f.
  2. Grill chorizo burgers for 15-18 minutes, flipping occasionally, until they reach 160f.
  3. Meanwhile, make the quesadilla "buns".  Spread about 2 tablespoons of refried beans on one half of a tortilla, top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese (half and half of each kind), and fold over the other half.  
  4. During the last 5 minutes of the burgers' cook time, grill the quesadillas 2 minutes per side.  Cut in half for the top and bottom "buns".
  5. Using the buns, top each burger with avocado slices and pico de gallo.  

Pico De Gallo
Makes about 1 1/2 cups (more than needed for the Chorizadilla, but grab some nachos and enjoy)

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

  1. Mix it all up.  Leave out the rooster beaks if you prefer.

Look beaks!

Looks like a hamburger bun, no? 

Fired up on my Big Green Egg. ordinary burger.

But that is kind of the point.  This is going to be my entry into Johnsonville's No Ordinary Burger contest for a chance to win $10,000!  

Well sure, you can enter the contest too, but I'm totally going to kick your butt (he said, lovingly).   Check out the link for all the official rules and stuff, but basically, you create your most extraordinary burger using one of Johnsonville's new chorizo, Italian Sausage, bratwurst, or cheddar burger patties.  You can enter up until July 3, 2012.  The finalists will go head to head in a live televised event in August, battling for the $10,000 grand prize.  

You and me on TV in August.  How sweet would that be?  Game on, dude (or dudette).  Game on.  

[Standard Disclaimer] I get some minor compensation from Johnsonville for being part of their blogger panel but I really hope to make bank by winning this contest.  


  1. OH. My. HECK! A grilled quesadilla BUN? I love this! I hope you win some serious swag, or the cash. Cash would be great too!

  2. Indeed, very summery. A chorizo burger would be perfect by the pool.

    And what a great entry in the contest. You are going to kick you-know-what with this baby. Good luck Chris.

  3. You used a quesadilla for you awesome is that? Funny, whenever we spend time at the pool I always want summery food, too - especially something Mexcian inspired.

  4. I've been tempted to add that beak but just never took the time. :p Chris, this burger is very inventive! If you win 10,000 (just putting a bug in your ear) .... Colorado is a great vacation spot.

  5. YUMMY! I hope you win so I can watch you on TV :)

  6. These re definitely no ordinary burgers....the chorizo burger got my attention. Delicious!

    Good luck on the contest. I would not be surprised at all if you took the grand prize home.


  7. That is a very unique and original idea. Love it! Best of luck with the contest.

  8. I was gonna enter but you used my recipe - I love the quesadilla bun

  9. This is so unique Chris! Those buns are genius. I think we'll be seeing you on tv. (I worry that someone will steal your idea!)

  10. Looks great - good luck & hope you win!!

  11. I've made chorizo sliders before and they truly are delicious!! Love how you used the tortilla for the bun! I've said it before - you are a genius!

  12. The crazy name makes it taste better in my opinion.'s the godzilla of all burgers. Which means it MUST be the best.

  13. You are so awesome. You KNOW I am loving this "burger"! Amazing.

  14. Let me put on my mustache and sombrero...chorizo burger? InterestinK...I love the bun, love the toppings...hate chorizo...isn't it just greasy pig parts?!?! Okay, now that I've told you my I.Q., I DO hope you win...first place and all that you can afford to go back to using REAL beef!

  15. This is genius! I think you have a winner here, Chris! I wouldn't dream of going up against this recipe! Best of luck...I hope to see you on tv!

    Kim in MD

  16. Holy! They better crown yours the best burger! It's beautiful. Love that you used tortillas as buns. So creative! You get my vote! (though that doesn't mean much because I'm not the one with $10,000 lol!)

  17. OMG, that looks so amazing!!! Fabulous flavor, and what an inspired idea!

  18. This burger is brilliant! I hope you win!

  19. Good Luck - this burger sounds awesome!!


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