Monday, September 13, 2010

Recipe: Chipotle Pork Cheeseburgers

I was looking for something new for dinner besides the beef bonanza that is on heavy rotation for us during grilling season. A visit to the Buford Highway Farmer's Market turned up gorgeous, huge tomatillos, so I decided a pork burger topped with a sweet-tart tomatillo was perfect.

I didn't really know what to expect from a tomatillo. I assumed it would be somewhat akin to a tomato. In fact it's crisp and tart, and to my surprise was something you could arguably eat on its own.  Chipotle is one of my all time favorite ingredients because it's easy to have on hand and goes great with so many dishes. In this case, you just mix some pork, chipotle, garlic and salt, and you have yourself a damn tasty burger.

I like to avoid bread when I can, so I placed the burger on top of a Creamy Cilantro-Lime Slaw instead. The lime, chipotle and tomatillo were a heavenly balance of spicy, smoky, tart, acid and creaminess. What more could you ask for? Even better this whole dish was a cinch to throw together and made for very satisfying eating when served up with some avocado and corn. Yum!

Gourmet June 2009
by Andrea Albin
1 pound ground pork (not lean)
2 teaspoons minced chipotle in adobo plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
2 garlic cloves, forced through a garlic press
4 slices Muenster cheese
4 hamburger buns, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 large tomatillo (1/4 pound), husked and rinsed, then sliced
1/2 small avocado, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro sprigs

  1. Prepare a gas grill for direct-heat cooking over medium heat;
  2. Gently mix pork, chipotle, garlic, and a scant teaspoon salt until just combined. Form into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties.
  3. Oil grill rack, then grill patties, covered, 4 minutes. 
  4. Flip patties and top with a slice of cheese. Grill, covered, until just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  5. Spread buns with mayonnaise and assemble burgers with tomatillo, avocado, and cilantro.

Cooks' note:
Burgers can be grilled in an oiled hot 2-burner grill pan over medium heat, about 10 minutes total.



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