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11 December 2014

Three words. Goat. Cheese. Guacamole. Over seared beef burgers. Yes! And plenty of roasted jalapeno peppers. We usually cook our burgers in the summer, when I can fire up the grill and sit outside with a beer, feel the sun on our faces, just sort of hang out and enjoy the backyard. But last night there was a hankering. Can’t we just have a burger? Yes, we can. Get yourself some ground chuck. It’s more flavorful for burgers. 80/20 is good – that’s 20 percent fat. Sure, it might be more fat than you want, but this is a beef burger. You might as well go all the way.

Seasoning ground chuck for burgers is nothing like making turkey burgers. You barely have to do anything. Let the burger flavor shine here. Just some salt and pepper on the outside of the burger before you sear it. That’s it. No problem if you want to season it up. I’ve done it plenty of times. It’s just not necessary for a delicious burger.

Let’s talk toppings. You can easily go the ketchup and mustard route, toss on some cheese, maybe some lettuce and tomato, but not this night. This is a night for adventure! We’re talking super creamy guacamole that has been infused with extra creamy goat cheese. Did I mention creamy? Finish it off with sliced roasted jalapeno pepper and, yeah, you’ve got yourself a burger night any night of the week. Super happy with these!

Goat Cheese Guacamole Burgers with Roasted Jalapeno Peppers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 2
Calories: 1286 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 1 pound ground chuck 80/20 mixture
  • 1 avocado pitted and peeled
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 roasted jalapeno peppers sliced
  • 2 brioche buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons beer or cooking wine, or broth
  1. Form the ground chuck into 2 burger patties, about 1 inch thick each.
  2. Heat a large pan to high heat.
  3. Season the outsides of the burgers with salt and pepper.
  4. Set the burgers directly into the pan and cook 3-5 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook 1 minute, then pour the beer (or wine or broth) into the pan. Allow to steam up around the burger. Cook about 3 more minutes or until done to your liking.
  6. While burgers are cooking, heat another pan to medium-high heat.
  7. Butter the buns and sear the butter side down to get them nice and toasted.
  8. Serve the burgers on the buns, topped with heaping spoonfuls of guacamole and topped with roasted jalapeno pepper slices.
For the guacamole
  1. Mix together the avocado, goat cheese, cilantro and lime juice together in a mixing bowl. Mash it all up with a fork until it is nice and creamy. I used my molcajete. I love that thing.

  2. Season with salt to taste and set aside until ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Goat Cheese Guacamole Burgers with Roasted Jalapeno Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1286 Calories from Fat 864
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 96g 148%
Saturated Fat 41g 205%
Cholesterol 347mg 116%
Sodium 748mg 31%
Potassium 1134mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 56g 112%
Vitamin A 33.7%
Vitamin C 33.2%
Calcium 14.1%
Iron 35.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Goat Cheese Guacamole



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