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Chipotle Cheeseburgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes refrigeration time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 80/20

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 

Freshly ground black pepper 


1/2 cup sour cream

3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 3 tablespoons adobo sauce 

1/3 cup finely chopped white onion 

1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

Freshly ground black pepper 


4 whole-wheat buns, split

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 

4 slices Cheddar

1 avocado, thinly sliced 

Tomato slices, for topping

Green-leaf lettuce leaves, for topping

Red onion slices, for topping


  1. To make the patties: Combine the beef, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and pepper to taste in a medium bowl and mix well. Shape into patties a little more than 1/2-inch thick, place on a plate, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. To make the sauce: Stir together the sour cream, chipotles, adobo sauce, onions, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. To make the burgers: Oil a grill rack and preheat the grill on high for 5 minutes. Spread the bun faces lightly with the butter. Grill the burgers over direct heat on medium-high (on a charcoal grill, set the burgers just outside the center of the grill rack), with the grill covered, for 4 minutes. Flip the burgers, top each with a slice of Cheddar, and grill, covered, 4 minutes more. Remove the burgers to a plate.
  4. Grill the buns, buttered-side down, over indirect heat, until golden, about 2 minutes. Set a burger on each bun bottom and top with avocado, tomato, lettuce, red onion and a dab of chipotle sauce. Top with the remaining bun halves and serve.