Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fajita Burgers with Avocado Lime Sour Cream

Since my hubby is obsessed with fajitas, we have them semi-frequently, but with burger season coming up, I prefer to cook outside whenever possible. These fajita burgers make us both happy. Even using an ultra-lean meat won't dry out these burgers. Packing the middle with cheese and stirring in diced red peppers means you can have burgers that won't shrink up or dry out.

I used my standard fajita seasoning and stirred that into the burgers, then grilled the burgers and vegetables. Cooking on the stovetop, even with a cast iron pan (which I do frequently in the winter) is so marginal compared to actual grilling. The flavors seem so much more smoky and fresh.

Bonus: There was extra avocado lime sour cream, so I covered my face with it and relaxed for 30 minutes. Normally, I'd just smear my face with avocado, lime, or sour cream so I figured it would be a triple whammy to use them all at the same time. The avocado adds lots of juicy moisture and the lime and sour cream do some gentle exfoliation.

Ta da! Gorgeous skin, ready for spring! I'm so ready to shed that dry, flaky winter skin. And eat piles of burgers...

Fajita Burgers with Avocado Lime Sour Cream
Yield: 4 burgers

1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 red bell pepper, 2 tablespoons finely minced and the remainder cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
Cheddar cheese, for stuffing
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1/2 red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch half moons
Few grinds of pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup sour cream
Juice from half of a lime (about 1 tablespoon)
4 hamburger buns

In a medium bowl, gently mix together the beef, cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and the minced red bell pepper with your hands. Form into four patties, filling the middle with a small square of cheddar cheese.

Combine the remaining red bell pepper in a medium bowl with the green bell pepper, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Mash the avocado in a small bowl with a fork, then stir in the sour cream and lime juice.

Preheat a grill to medium or place a skillet on your stove top set to medium heat. If you have a vegetable grilling basket, you can use that on the grill as well.

Grill the burgers and vegetables on the lower rack about 8-10 minutes, flipping and stirring halfway through. The timing will be similar on the stove, but you will have to cook the meat and vegetables separately or use two pans and additional oil for greasing the pan.

Top the burgers with the avocado lime sour cream and fajita vegetables to serve.



  1. I love a good burger!!! A fajita burger would make me very happy too! Love all the peppers piled on. And who knew I could exfoliate with such a yummy condiment!

    1. I'm with you Tanya! We have burgers at least once a week over here.

      Can't complain about the 'free' skincare either :)

  2. Oh my gosh... Loretta, these burgers sound amazing!! Especially the avocado lime sour cream accompaniment. Delicious (plus the bonus of an edible face mask!). Unfortunately for us, the weather is cooling down over here. I'm wearing my woollen scarf as I type, and I still feel cold! Only two more weeks til winter. Thanks for sharing this culinary slice of sunshine with us!!

    1. Just coming off of winter, I can't imagine starting that right now! I have all my windows open and am loving the fresh air :)


  3. I love this idea!!! And the sour cream sounds absolutely dreamy.

    1. Thanks Ashley! And yes, the sour cream was fantastic!

  4. I need this burger in my life!

  5. YUUUUM! That looks amazing! My fiance loves fajitas too so I'll definitely be trying these soon.

    1. Awesome! I hope you both love them :)

  6. These look delicious! A very creative take on fajitas!

    1. Thank you Taylor! I loved changing up the average fajita but keeping the flavor!


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