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Queso Bacon Burgers with Avocado Salsa

Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beef
Servings: 16 burgers
Author: Barbara Schieving


  • 3 Anaheim peppers
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 avocados pitted & thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 16 hamburger buns


  • Coat Anaheim and jalapeno peppers with oil. Roast peppers over a gas flame or in the oven until well charred. Transfer to a bowl, cover, & let cool slightly. Remove & discard the skin, stem, & seeds and finely chop the chiles.
  • Fry the bacon until crisp. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon fat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the reserved bacon fat, half of the chopped chiles, and crumbled bacon. Then mix in the ground beef. Form into 16 patties. Season with salt & pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the crumbled queso fresco, mayo, buttermilk, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and the remaining chiles. Season with salt & pepper - refrigerate.
  • In another bowl, toss together the sliced avocados, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.
  • Grill the burgers, turning once, for about 10 minutes for medium rare - longer if you like them more well done. Just before the burgers are done, toast the buns on the grill (or skillet) for about a minute.
  • Place some avocado salsa on each bun bottom, top with a burger and queso fresco dressing and finish with the top half of the bun.