Chile Rellenos Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 large poblano peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

Kosher salt

Mexican Tomato Sauce, recipe follows

8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, sliced

4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Mexican Tomato Sauce:

6 cloves garlic

5 sprigs fresh cilantro

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped

1 serrano chile (with seeds)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican

1/4 medium yellow onion

Kosher salt 

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler. Line a broiler pan with foil.
  2. Put the poblanos cut-side down on the prepared pan and broil until charred, 7 to 8 minutes. Cool slightly, then peel the poblanos. Set aside. 
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Shape the beef into four 3/4-inch-thick patties; make an indentation in the center of each with your thumb. Sprinkle the skillet with salt, then cook the burgers until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip, then top each burger with some of the Mexican Tomato Sauce, the Monterey Jack and a poblano half. Cover and cook until the burger is cooked and the Monterey Jack is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve on buns with more Mexican Tomato Sauce on the side for dipping.

Mexican Tomato Sauce:

  1. Combine the garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, serrano chile, cinnamon, onion and 1 tablespoon salt in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Transfer the tomato puree to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until slightly thick, about 10 minutes.