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"Fajita" Burgers

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  50 Minutes
Total Time:  50 Minutes
  4 servings
This spicy burger is served on an oblong roll, slathered with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise and topped with roasted Anaheim peppers and a delicious slaw.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the chipotle mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 5 days.
1 pound  90%-lean ground beef
3/4 cup  chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/2 cup  finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup  chopped scallions
2 teaspoons  minced garlic
1 tablespoon   chili powder, preferably New Mexican
1 teaspoon   ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon  dried oregano, preferably Mexican
1/2 teaspoon   freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon   salt
1/3 cup  reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon   lime juice
1 tablespoon   chopped chipotle chile in adobo  (see Ingredient Note)
1/2 cup  shredded monterey jack cheese
4   French rolls, preferably whole-wheat, split and toasted
2   roasted Anaheim or poblano peppers  (see Tip)
1 cup  shredded green cabbage
4 slices   tomato
4 thin slices   red onion

Ingredient Note: Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful sauce. Look for the small cans with the Mexican foods in large supermarkets. Once opened, they’ll keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

Tip: To oven-roast peppers:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. Arrange whole bell peppers on the rack.
2. Roast peppers in the center of the oven, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened in places, 30 to 40 minutes.
3. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool.
4. With a paring knife, remove stems, skins and seeds. If serving as antipasto, combine accumulated juices with peppers.

To oil the grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill). When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.
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Preheat grill to medium-high.

Place beef, 1/4 cup cilantro, onion, scallions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 4 equal patties, about 1/2 inch thick and oval-shaped to match the rolls.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice and chipotle in a small bowl.

Peel the roasted peppers, halve lengthwise and remove the seeds.

Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 6 minutes per side. Top with cheese and cook until it is melted, about 1 minute more.

Assemble the burgers on toasted rolls with the chipotle mayonnaise, half a roasted pepper, cabbage, tomato and onion.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 416
Fat. Total: 19g
Protein: 30g
Carbohydrates, Total: 34g
Fat, Saturated: 7g
Fiber: 7g
Cholesterol: 82mg
Sodium: 695mg
% Cal. from Fat: 41%
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Rating: 5
by: Deb Reviewed: 08/06/2009
The Best!
I made these for my grownup sons and they absolutely loved these. They both wanted the recipe and cooked them for their own friends. I loved them also and can't wait to make them again. Seems like a lot of ingredients but so worth it.
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