Edit ModuleShow Tags

Spanish Chorizo and Beef Burgers with Manchego Cheese Recipe


Published:

Photography Terry Brennan, Food Styling Lara Miklasevics

While the leaves are turning color and pumpkin-spiced goodies are appearing everywhere, there is still plenty of time to hang out and grill—especially when the weekend forecast calls for summer-like temps.

After a long season of grilling your tried-and-true favorites, you can spice up the menu and your burgers with Spanish flair. One of the trademarks of Spanish cooking is the use of small amounts of sausage as a flavoring in many dishes, notes meat expert Bruce Aidells, who contributed this recipe to Real Food. Chorizo is the generic Spanish name for a host of pork sausages that vary from region to region but usually contain paprika, garlic and other seasonings. Spanish chorizo isn’t spicy like Mexican chorizo, which shouldn’t be used here. However, you can substitute andouille sausage and increase the amounts of paprika and garlic by half, suggests Aidells.

To make cooking and entertaining easy, you can make these burgers up to four hours ahead and refrigerate until you’re ready to fire up the grill.


Spanish Chorizo and Beef Burgers with Manchego Cheese

Serves 4

Saffron and Pimento Mayonnaise
2 tbsp. diced pimento or piquillo pepper
12 c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
Pinch Spanish saffron

Burgers
14 pound Spanish-style chorizo, diced
114 pounds ground beef
1 tbsp. Spanish paprika
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 c. shredded Manchego cheese
4 large French rolls, split and toasted
Thinly sliced tomato (preferably heirloom)
Hearts of romaine lettuce leaves


To make saffron and pimento mayonnaise, chop pimentos in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients and process until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To make burgers, put diced chorizo into a food processor and pulse several times to grind finely. Transfer chorizo to a bowl and add ground beef, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to gently blend. Form into 4 oval patties roughly the size of rolls and set aside or refrigerate until ready to grill.

Preheat grill to medium. Place burgers on grill and cook for about 4 minutes, then turn and cook for about 3 minutes more. Cover patties with cheese, then cover grill and cook until the cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute more.

Spread insides of French rolls with saffron and pimento mayonnaise. Place a burger on bottom half of each roll, then top with tomato, lettuce leaves, and other half of roll, and serve.


Nutrition info (per serving): Calories 836 (497 From Fat); Fat 55g (Sat. 18g); Chol 144mg; Sodium 1779mg; Carb 37g; Fiber 2g; Protein 47g

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rfischer@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

First Taste: El Burrito Minneapolis

The popular St. Paul Mexican restaurant opens in south Minneapolis

A True Farm-to-Table Dinner: Cedar + Stone Celebrates Farmers

Farmers get a special "thank you" dinner at JW Marriott's Cedar + Stone, Urban Table restaurant at Mall of America

Minnesota Wine Country: What’s New at the Minnesota State Fair

Enjoy local wines, hard cider, wine slushies, free food and wine demos and more at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

The Best (and Worst) Food Delivery Services

Twin Cities restaurant-to-your-door services, ranked

Gamertainment Go-Tos

Check out eight Twin Cities eateries to get your game on

New Specialty Brews and Beverages at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

Quench your thirst with 40 specialty brews and beverages—here is a complete list of the 27 new and 13 returning beverages found only at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together

New Hotel, Great Restaurants: Stillwater Is Blowing Up

Lora Hotel, Feller Restaurant, Pearl and the Thief—what's going on in Stillwater!?

North Loop Destination: Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

Espressos, teas, cold brews, and elixirs mean there’s something for everyone at North Loop’s new coffee and tea café

Berry Love Plus Berry Shortcake with Lime Whipped Cream Recipe

Everyone loves berries—including Justin Timberlake, the creator of the "brasberry"—but it just so happens the Twin Cities loves them more than most
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags