A few weeks ago, I ate at the Cheesecake Factory for the first time. After spending 20+ minutes and a glass of wine looking through their menu, I selected their green chile cheeseburger. After all, I love green chile, and it’s hard to go wrong with a good burger, right?
When the waiter brought out my cheeseburger, I think I actually gasped. It was soo pretty! The burger was made with toasted bread, topped with a patty smothered in green chile and topped with cheese, then there were crispy fried tortilla strips on top of the cheese, and a pico de gallo on top. It is amazingly delicious. Hands down, this is the best green chile cheeseburger I had ever had. And I have had a lot of green chile cheeseburgers!
As I do with all food in restaurants that amazes me, I knew I had to recreate this green chile cheeseburger at home.
The Ultimate Green Chile Cheeseburger
This green chile cheeseburger starts with toasted slices of sourdough bread, spread with a little mayo, then topped with a 1/4 pound hamburger patty. (I personally love the grill marks when I use my grill pan, when cooking burgers indoors). Then I added a heaping tablespoon of chopped green chile, followed by monterey jack cheese, and let the cheese melt. I quickly fried up thinly sliced flour tortilla strips in olive oil and added a generous portion to the burger, and topped that with a fresh pico de gallo.
And it was every bit as amazingly delicious as the green chile cheeseburger from the Cheesecake Factory.
If you’re a green chile lover, this will quickly become a regular on your weekly dinner menu.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 cup diced green chile
- 4 slices monterey jack cheese
- 8 slices sliced sourdough bread (or bun of choice)
- Mayo (optional)
- 1 medium-sized flour tortilla
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1/4 small onion, diced
- 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
- dash salt and pepper
- Combine ground beef, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Form into 4 round patties. Cook patties in a pan over medium heat, until cooked through. Add green chile and top with cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover until cheese is melted. Remove from pan, and wipe pan clean. Add sourdough slices (or buns) to the same pan and toast on each side, until golden brown.
- Spread a little mayo on each bread slice, then build the green chile cheeseburger by layering the bread with the burger, tortilla strips, then pico de gallo.
- Cut the tortillas into very thin strips length-wise, then cut tortilla's width in thirds. Warm olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook until tortilla strips are golden brown and crisp.
- Combine all pico de gallo ingredients and mix well.
If you give this a shot, come back and let me know what you thought of the recipe!