chipotle pork cheeseburgers

Looking for a different kind of burger? Allow me to introduce you to the chipotle pork cheeseburger…mmm…

Chipotle Pork Cheeseburgers

From Gourmet June 2009
  • Serves 4
  • Active time:10 min
  • Start to finish:20 min


  • 1 lb ground pork (not lean)
  • 2 teaspoons minced chipotle in adobo plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, forced through a garlic press (I finely chopped mine)
  • 4 slices Muenster cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted (I used wheat buns)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large tomatillo (1/4 lb), husked and rinsed, then sliced
  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced
  •  1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
  • You’ll also want to have a fresh lime (for the avocado)


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

I made these burgers last night and, boy, were they delicious! The only thing I’d do differently is chop the cilantro and incorporate it into the mayonnaise, maybe adding a squeeze or two of fresh lime juice. Grill a couple of bell peppers and some corn on the cob and you’ve got quite a meal.

And in case you were wondering, yes, I did have rocky road ice cream for dessert. Let the celebration continue! I think I’ll skip Applesauce Cake Day (June 4th) and hold out for National Doughnut Day (June 5th). What weird holidays will you be celebrating this month?