Sunday, June 16, 2013

Homemade Chorizo Burgers #SundaySupper



Feliz Día del Padre!  Today for #SundaySupper we're celebrating Father's Day.  Since I happen to be married to one of the awesomest (yes, that a word in my dictionary) dads ever, I thought I'd share another of his all-time favorites...Chorizo Burgers!

But before I get into the recipe, I want to share a little something about my Hubby.  Like I said, he's an amazing father and a wonderful husband, but he's what you'd call a picky eater. (At least that's what he thinks.)  If prompted, he'll tell you he doesn't like cheese, pasta, seafood, chocolate, and a long list of other ingredients I can't remember at the moment.  But at the very top of his list is...CHORIZO!  (Gasp!)  He's lucky we were already married when he shared that little tidbit of information.  I couldn't believe my ears when he told me.  How could he not like chorizo?  I've been in love with the stuff since I first tasted it, way back when I was 4 years old.  It's how I learned to speak Spanish!

It wasn't easy, but I was determined not to let this chorizo thing affect our marriage.  We were newlyweds, which to me meant that I had a lifetime to change Hubby's mind about chorizo.  After a few months of marriage, I started to notice something else about my Hubby.  For a man who claimed to be such a picky eater, he sure spent a lot of time eating the very foods he claimed to not like, including chorizo.

Turns out Hubby's not as picky an eater after all!  Which is great, because otherwise we may not have ever discovered these tasty Chorizo Burgers.        

The base of this recipe is the Homemade Chorizo recipe from The Homesick Texan I shared a couple of years ago.  Don't let the words "homemade chorizo" intimidate you.  It's really not that hard to make.  The hardest part, for me, is waiting for the chorizo to set overnight to allow the flavors to intensify.  After that, all you have to do is shape the chorizo into patties, fry 'em up, top them with queso fresco and caramelized onions and you are good to go.  And if you want an even tastier burger, try topping your Chorizo Burger with a fried egg.  It is heaven on a hamburger bun!  


Chorizo Burgers
Chorizo recipe from The Homesick Texan by Lisa Fink

For the chorizo:
  • 2 dried guajillo chilies
  • 2 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground pork (with at least 20% fat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • !/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the burgers: 
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • Queso Fresco, Manchego cheese, or mild cheddar
  • Hamburger buns
  • Eggs (optional, but highly recommended) 

Directions:
In a small skillet over high heat, toast the dried chilies on each side for about 10 seconds.  Fill the skillet with about 2 cups of water to cover the chilies.  Bring the water to a boil, then turn off heat.  Let the chilies soak for about 10 minutes or until really soft.  Remove the stems and seeds from the chilies. 

Puree the chilies in a blender with the onion, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar, adding more vinegar if necessary.  (The puree should be about the same consistency of ketchup.)  

Add the chili puree to the ground pork, along with all of the spices and salt.  Mix well.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for atleast one hour.  (I recommend refrigerating the chorizo overnight, so the flavors have a chance to meld giving the chorizo a stronger, more intense flavor.)

Once your chorizo is made, but before you start on your burgers, let's caramelize some onions.  

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over high heat.  Add the onion and saute for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions have caramelized; set aside. 

Now let's make some burgers! 

Shape the chorizo into 6 patties.  Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Brown the patties for 6 to 8 minutes on each side until completely cooked.  Top each patty with a couple of slices of queso fresco.    

Serve chorizo patties on a lightly toasted hamburger bun.  Top with caramelized onions and a fried egg.  Enjoy!!!



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15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness these burgers sounds incredible. So full of flavour. This has given me a lot of inspiration for my next sauce creation. Thanks for sharing

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  2. I have never had chorizo before and I must try it! Your burgers look out of this world!!

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  3. omg I love choirzo. My heart was already fluttering when I saw your post title, but then I scrolled down to see it topped with an egg?! omgomgomg

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  4. Awesome job with these burgers and developing your husband's tastes so he enjoys the things he claimed not to like. It's a sign of a good cook and foodie.

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  5. That fried egg just put these over the top for me! Want!

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  6. WOAH Leslie - this burger sounds insane. My BF's favorite thing is chorizo. I am going to give this a try!

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  7. I adore chorizo. I'm glad you changed your hubby's mind and made these burgers! They sound amazing

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  8. I know my big daddy would flip out over that burger!!

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  9. Chorizo - oh yes it is one of the most amazing flavors. These burgers sound absolutely fantastic!

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  10. Yum these flavors sound amazing in this burger! We love making gourmet burgers for dinner.

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  11. These burgers look amazing. We love chorizo and my boys would be in heaven with these!

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  12. These sound absolutely amazing!!!! It is always interesting to hear what foods other people like/don't like. Even though my husband will pretty much eat anything, he really isn't fond of black beans and citrus desserts - which are two things I love! Then again, I really don't enjoy shrimp and mushrooms, and those are two of his favorites, so it evens out!

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  13. Nothin better than chorizo, especially burger style

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  14. My daughter is a spice lover she'd go wild for these!

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  15. oh, wow, THIS I have to make! I seriously do not know how I didn't think of making burgers with chorizo before lol

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