Cilantro-Lime Mexican Hamburgers

mexicanburgerOur fam just got back from a week at the beach with our students.  Laguna Beach Christian Retreat may have painted over their air-brushed Jesus, but that’s about all that has changed since I went to RUF Summer Conference as a student many years ago.  Laguna is a nostalgic place for me and so much fun to now bring our students there for a week of amazing teaching and beach time.  What is not so awesome about Laguna is relocating your fam there for a week and all living in one room.  Years of sand, humidity and salt water have not been kind to the carpets and for this clean freak it takes everything I’ve got to not think about what is lurking beneath the floors and bed comforters.  No joke….last year I brought my Dyson Digital Slim so I could attempt keeping our room sand free for the week.  I made a valiant effort.

As a side note, my kids LOVE this place!  In fact, my 4 year old’s lip starting quivering when I told her that we weren’t staying on site this year.  Kiddos care more about being able to walk out their front door and have a bazillion campus minister’s kids to play with than they do the carpets.  I have a lot to learn from them:)

This year a dear friend offered for the girls and I to stay at their condo about 15 minutes away from Laguna and it took me about 2 seconds to think that one over…um yes.  Our first night there, our friends made the most delicious burgers and when I asked what they put in them, lime juice was the answer.  So that is what inspired this little recipe.  I added some fresh cilantro and then topped the burgers with salsa and sliced avocado (thanks mom for the idea)…yum!

Makes about 5 patties

1 pound 85%/15% ground beef (I like Simple Truth’s Grass Fed Organic)

1/4 c plain bread crumbs

1 egg whisked

1/2 tsp sea salt

a few cracks of black pepper

Juice of 1 lime + lime quarters for guests to squeeze on grilled burgers

1 cup of roughly chopped cilantro

Roughly chop cilantro.  Place cilantro and lime juice in small food processor (I used my Cuisinart mini-prep plus 4-cup processor). mexicanburger4Process for about 20 seconds until the cilantro is finely processed (you don’t want big cilantro leaves in your burgers!).

mexicanburger3Set aside mixture.  Place your ground beef, whisked egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and lime/mixture in medium sized bowl.  Combine ingredients together with hands.  This is where the unmeasured part comes in!  Divide and shape meat into about 5 even patties.  mexicanburger2Grill burgers as you desire (rare, medium, well-done).  Serve on whole wheat burger buns and top with a dollop of your favorite salsa, 2 slices of avocado and lime quarters for guests to squeeze over their grilled burgers.

Cilantro-Lime Mexican Hamburgers
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Recipe type: Burgers
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Serves: 5
 
This fresh, summer take on hamburgers is perfect to spice up your traditional patties!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 85%/15% ground beef (I like Simple Truth's Grass Fed Organic)
  • ¼ c plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg whisked
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • a few cracks of black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime + lime quarters for guests to squeeze on burgers after they are grilled
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop your cilantro.
  2. Place cilantro and juice of one lime in small food processor (I used my Cuisinart mini-prep plus 4-cup processor).
  3. Process for about 30 seconds until the cilantro is finely processed (you don't want big cilantro leaves in your burgers!). Set aside mixture.
  4. Place your ground beef, whisked egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and lime/cilantro mixture in medium sized bowl. Combine ingredients together with hands.
  5. This is where the unmeasured part comes in! Divide and shape meat into about 5 even patties. Grill burgers as you desire (rare, medium, well-done).
  6. Serve on whole wheat burger buns and top with a dollop of your favorite salsa, 2 slices of avocado and a lime quarter to squeeze on top of grilled burger.

 

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