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Green Chile Cheeseburgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 pounds ground chuck, 80 percent to 85 percent lean

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 thin slices Chihuahua or provolone

4 good-quality hamburger buns, toasted

Green Chili Sauce, recipe follows

Romaine lettuce leaves, optional

4 thick slices beefsteak tomatoes, optional

Pickled jalapenos, optional

Directions

  1. Heat grill to high. Form meat into 4 (8-ounce) burgers and season each burger on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Grill until charred on both sides and cooked to desired doneness.
  2. Place 2 slices of the cheese on each burger, close the lid or tent with foil, and cook until the cheese has just melted, about 1 minute. Place burgers on buns and top with a few tablespoons of Green Chile Sauce and lettuce, tomato, and pickled jalapeno, if desired.

Green Chile Sauce:

  1. 2 poblano chiles, grilled, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  2. 1 medium white onion, grilled and chopped
  3. 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh epazote, or fresh oregano leaves
  5. 1/4 cup cold water
  6. 1 tablespoon honey
  7. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  9. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.