Recipe courtesy of Aaron May

Tortilla Wrapped Green Chile Burger

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Green Chile Gravy:

4 large bell peppers, red, yellow or green

4 tablespoons canola oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

12 ounces beer, preferably pale ale

Two 4-ounce cans diced green chiles, mild or hot

One 12-ounce jar pickled jalapeno slices

Burgers:

2 pounds ground 80/20 chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 slices pepper jack cheese

Four 10-inch flour tortillas

1 cup sour cream

2 cups shredded lettuce

Directions

  1. For the green chile gravy: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle the bell peppers with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the peppers on a sheet tray and roast until charred and soft, about 15 minutes. Let cool until cool enough to handle, then peel, core, seed and roughly chop. Set aside.
  3. Add the butter and remaining 2 tablespoons oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cook until soft and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until it starts to turn into a roux and no longer looks raw. Add the beer, the canned chiles, roasted bell peppers and 4 to 5 pickled jalapeno slices. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and puree in a blender (see Cook's Note). Taste and adjust for seasoning. Set aside.
  4. For the burgers: Preheat a griddle or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Divide the ground beef into 4 equal patties and sprinkle aggressively with salt and pepper. Place on the hot griddle and cook until the juices start to form on the tops of the patties, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the patties and cover each with 2 slices pepper jack cheese. Cook until medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  5. Place a tortilla on a flat surface and place a patty in the center, cheese-side down. Fold the tortilla around the burger, like an empanada. Flip and place on a sheet pan, seam-side down. Top with another slice of pepper jack cheese. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and patties. Place in the oven to melt the cheese on top, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the burgers from the oven and top with a generous amount of the green chile sauce. Garnish with the sour cream, more pickled jalapenos and shredded iceberg lettuce.

Cook’s Note

When blending hot liquid, first let it cool for five minutes or so, then transfer it to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth.