Spiced Burgers with Chili Onion Rings

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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1 large poblano chile pepper

1 14-ounce bag frozen onion rings

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup spicy ketchup

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Grated zest and juice of 1 small lime

1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 sesame hamburger buns, split and toasted

4 small romaine lettuce leaves


  1. Preheat the broiler. Put the poblano on a baking sheet and broil, turning, until charred in spots, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool. Reduce the oven temperature and bake the onion rings as the label directs. Season with salt, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon each chili powder and cumin.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, cilantro, a pinch of lime zest and half of the lime juice in a small bowl; add more lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Mix the ground beef, 1/2 teaspoon lime zest and the remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons chili powder and 3/4 teaspoon cumin in a large bowl with your hands until just combined. Form into four 3/4-inch-thick patties; season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare.
  4. Peel, stem and seed the broiled poblano; cut into strips. Place the burgers on the buns with the ketchup sauce, lettuce and poblano. Serve with the onion rings and the remaining ketchup sauce.
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