Dinner of the Week: Chipotle-Lager Cheese Fry Chorizo Burgers

I’m not a fan of hamburgers (not sure why), but add some chorizo instead of ground chuck, and you have me sold. Evan made these burgers one night last summer and he’s been talking about them ever since.  Here’s how!

Chipotle-Lager Cheese Fry Chorizo Burgers
Ingredients: 
– 1/2 lbs. ground chorizo sausage
– 1/2 lbs. 20/80 ground beef
– Dried oregano
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1/2 bag frozen curly french fries
– Velveeta cheese
– 1 lager beer
– 2 tbs. flour
– 1/2 stick of butter
– Hot sauce, to taste
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

First, preheat your oven and prepare your frozen french fries accordingly. Then, remove the chorizo sausage from their encasings and place them in a mixing bowl. Add the ground beef, dried oregano, and salt and pepper to the bowl and mix well with your hands.

Form the mixture into hamburger patties, and press your thumb into the middle of each (a trick we learned — this prevents the middle of the burgers from rising as you grill them). 

Meanwhile, on the stove under medium heat, melt the butter in a saucepan.

Slowly whisk in the flour to thicken it up and create a bit of a roux.

Add smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, salt, and pepper to the mixture and stir well.

Stir constantly until the mixture thickens even further and begins to bubble.

Add the Velveeta cheese and mix well until it melts.  

Pour in a bottle of your favorite lager beer.  We chose Stella and it tasted great.

Add a dash or three of your favorite hot sauce and stir some more.

Lower the heat to a simmer and stir the cheese mixture occasionally to prevent from burning.

Your french fries should be ready by this point, so remove them from the oven and set aside for later.

Then, fire up the grill and cook the hamburgers accordingly.

Once the burgers are done, fix them up with your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomato), and cap the burger with the french fries and a drizzle of the chipotle-lager cheese sauce.  Enjoy!

We ate the leftover fries on the side with extra cheese poured over top — they were too good to pass up.

My husband is a burger aficionado and he admitted that this was one of the best burgers he has ever had.  I agree. The chorizo and chipotle cheese sauce pack a punch, but aren’t overpowering to the juicy burger. The french fries over top the burger are also a nod to Primanti Bros. sandwiches in Pittsburgh, PA — they sure know what they’re doing.

Hope you love these burgers as much as we do!

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