Nutrition: 521 Calories | 21.5g Net Carbs | 38.8g Protein | 39g Total Fat
Enjoy a quick and tasty weeknight meal with this Easy Chorizo Burger with Avocado and Fiesta Ranch Sauce. Make a tasty twist on a family favorite using mostly ingredients you already have in the kitchen.
I came up with this easy chorizo burger with avocado one night because I had some extra chorizo left over from another recipe, my Homemade Mexican Fish Soup. I simply took a family favorite, burgers, and put a Mexican spin on it. After grabbing a few staples and mixing up an easy fiesta-ranch sauce, we had an easy week night dinner packed with flavor. It was an instant hit for the whole family.
Easy Fiesta Ranch
It’s easy to turn regular ranch dip into something extra special by adding in a few kitchen staples. I started making this sauce for my Applebee’s Fiesta Chicken Recipe. It’s really quick to whip up and adds a ton of flavor to your meal. So, grab some spices from the cupboard. You’ll need ranch powder, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin. Next, grab some mayonnaise, greek yogurt, and salsa from the refrigerator. If you like to use bottled ranch instead of making your own, skip the mayo, yogurt, and ranch powder.
Whisk all the ingredients together, and you have an easy fiesta ranch. The flavors get even better as they sit, so put the sauce in the refrigerator while you make the rest of the meal. This recipe makes more sauce than you’ll need for the burgers. I recommending using it as a sauce for french fries or tater tots. It’s delicious, and the kids love it too.
Make the Chorizo Burger Patties
These chorizo burgers are so flavorful, and you don’t need to add anything extra. Why? Because the chorizo brings all the flavor you need. To make up the patties simply combine ground beef and ground chorizo in a bowl. Mix the meat together until it is thoroughly combined. Then, divide the chorizo meat mixture and form it into patties. Season the patties with salt and pepper, and then they’re ready to cook.
When you’re buying the chorizo, make sure you get the Mexican kind, which is fresh and uncooked, near the other sausages in the deli section at your grocery store. You might also find it frozen. You don’t want Spanish chorizo for this recipe, which is cured and smoked and ready to eat like salami or summer sausage.
If you can only find chorizo in sausage links, simply remove the casing by cutting open the sausage before adding the ground meat to the bowl. Usually for burgers, you want ground beef with more fat so the patties are juicy and have more flavor. In this case though, I recommend a lean ground beef because the chorizo has a lot of fat, and the two meats will balance each other out.
Cook the Chorizo Burger Patties
Once your burger patties are ready, it’s time to get cooking. You can choose your favorite method. This time, I fried the patties in a hot skillet. Grilling is another great option for cooking your chorizo burger. You could use a BBQ or a flat top grill. Usually, my burger cooking method depends on the weather. To fully cook the patties it will take 4-5 minutes per side. After flipping the patties, when they are almost done cooking, add a slice of cheese. Let the cheese melt and the patties finish cooking, and then move them to a plate.
Prepare the Vegetables and Build Your Burger
While the burger patties are cooking, slice some avocado and tomatoes. Once the chorizo patties have finished cooking, it’s time to build your burgers. Spread some fiesta ranch on both sides of your bun. Then, layer the bottom bun with lettuce, tomato, avocado and your cheesy chorizo patty. Finish the burger with the top bun and enjoy your easy chorizo burger with avocado. Don’t forget to try the fiesta ranch with your fries.
A note about buns. You can use whatever buns you like for your burgers. We like to use sandwich thins instead of traditional burger buns. Years ago, I started buying the sandwich thins for myself because they’re lower calorie and lower in carbs. But I quickly found out they’re great for the kids too, especially when they’re young. The thinner bun makes it so much easier for the kids to actually be able to fit the burger in their mouth. For us, the bun really just makes holding the burger easier because all the good stuff is on the inside anyways.
Looking to make this meal more low carb? Skip the bun altogether. Go for lettuce wrapped instead like my recipe for Easy Bunless Burgers. If you’re looking for a dairy free option, leave out the cheese and omit the yogurt from the fiesta ranch. You can easily enjoy this tasty meal without the ingredients you’re avoiding.
Here’s a quick video showing my favorite way to cut an avocado. It’s quick and easy.
Other recipes to check out: Easy Mexican Street Corn Side Dish Recipe with Frozen Corn, Homemade Mexican Fish and Shrimp Soup, and Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe with Easy Cauliflower Spanish Rice.
Easy Chorizo Burger with Avocado and Fiesta Ranch Sauce
Enjoy a quick and tasty weeknight meal with this Easy Chorizo Burger with Avocado and Fiesta Ranch Sauce. With only a few ingredients you can whip up this tasty twist on a family favorite in no time.
Total Time: 30 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 25 min
- 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
- 1/2 lb Fresh Chorizo
- 6 Pieces Thin Sliced Colby Jack Cheese
- 1 Roma Tomato, Sliced
- 1 Avocado Sliced
- Romain Lettuce
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Sandwich thins or burger buns of choice
- Fiesta Ranch
- 1/4 Cup Salsa
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
- 2 Tbsp Ranch Powder
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp each: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, and Cumin
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the fiesta-ranch ingredients until combined. Set aside.
- In a separate, medium sized bowl, combine the ground beef and chorizo until well mixed. Form the mixture into patties and season the patties with salt and pepper.
- Preheat a skillet on the stove. Then, add the chorizo patties. Fully cook the patties, flipping over halfway through, about 4-5 min per side. For the last minute of cooking, put a slice of cheese on each patty so it’ll melt. Move the patties to a plate when finished cooking.
- While the patties are cooking, slice the tomato and avocado.
- To build your burgers, spread the fiesta-ranch on both sides of the bun. Layer your lettuce, tomato, and avocado on the bun and top with a patty. Finish with the top bun and enjoy. *Use the extra fiesta-ranch as a dip for fries or tater tots.
Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1 Burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521, Total Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 15.1g, Cholesterol: 161.9mg, Sodium: 1058.2mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber 7.5g, Sugars: 4.2g, Protein 38.8g