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Green Chile and Cream Cheese Burgers

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I’m a sucker for a grilled burger in the summer, so I broke this recipe from Debbi out as soon as it was grilling weather!  Usually I just go for a plain grilled burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, ketchup and mustard, but sometimes you want something a little different and this one really satisfies.  The chiles give the burger a kick (for more kick, you could use jalapenos) and the cream cheese is a cooling, tangy contrast.  I really love grilled onions on any burger and they are perfect with the green chiles on this one.  I served mine with Dilly Cucumber Salad, and I found the tangy sweetness really complimented this burger!

Green Chile and Cream Cheese Burgers

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1 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 of a large onion, diced (I sliced mine)
1 (4 oz.) can of green chiles (I bought canned whole chiles and cut into strips)
Salt and pepper
1 lb. ground beef or bison (click here to find out why bison is better)
4 hamburger buns
4 oz. cream cheese

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion until softened and is browned in places (it helps to only stir occasionally). Add chiles, season with salt and pepper, saute until heated through. Divide meat into four patties, salt and pepper, and cook or grill until done. Spread 1 oz. cream cheese on each bun and divide the green chile-onion mixture among the burgers. Serve hot.

Makes 4 burgers.

Per burger, using bison, light (80-calorie) buns, and neufchatel: 302 calories; 10 g fat; 24 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 31 g protein; 8 Points Plus.  Using 93% lean ground beef makes the burgers 9 Points Plus.

Recipe source: adapted from Debbi Does Dinner

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

16 responses »

  1. OOh! You’re totally making me crave a burger for breakfast. Funny, despite grilling season, we haven’t been doing burgers too much. Gotta get hubs out there grilling! :-)

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  2. Nothing like a good burger on the grill! These look awesome, Veronica!

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  3. Did you post these before? They look and sound awfully familiar? Anywho, I’m starving now V and I have two hours ’til lunch…boo hoo!!! Lol! ;) (On a side note, I just entered OK, so I’ll see you in a few!)

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    • I knew you’d remember them b/c they were your favorite submission when I was hosting BSI: cream cheese. In fact, I wouldn’t have even made them if it wasn’t for your enthusiasm for this recipe! You made me take another look and I was like, hmm, I bet they WOULD be good! I was sidetracked by the desserts. So no, I didn’t post the recipe before, but they have been featured here with Debbi’s picture. I’ll wave toward the highway as you pass through! haha

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      • What’s funny is I remember recipes and blogs, etc., but, can forget my car keys or lunchbox on a daily basis….lol! ;) I seen you wave….tee hee hee ;)

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  4. Ooh it’s a jalapeno popper in burger style! YUM!!! I love cream cheese, but never tried it in a burger.

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  5. I am a sucker for a burger on a grill, but have already grown tired of the same old same old. This is the answer to my prayers. Cream cheese goes with everything it seems and green chilis give that lovely little zing to the items in which they are added. I can’t wait until the next cookout where I can pair this burger
    recipe with some recipe club offerings.

    Cheers!
    Virginia O.

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  6. Oh my goodness, I am seriously craving a burger now! Sounds like this is a great burger combo!

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  7. Awesome post. Burgers in my mind are pretty much perfect anyway, but I always think a tiny bit more effort with anything that goes between bread makes such a difference!
    I will remember this one!

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  8. I’m drooling over that picture with the bite taken out of it. Green chilies . . .cream cheese . . . why haven’t I thought of this before? (maybe because–besides the fact that you’re brilliant and creative–I never make burgers?)

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  9. I LOVE burgers. LOVE. I love the idea of the chiles!! I also LOVE spicy food so this would make a great combination. And I agree…summer calls for grilled burgers!
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my race recap post!

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  11. I hate it when burgers are just boring and blah but this is SO NOT. The chiles are the perfect touch!

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  12. It’s been too long since i made burgers, i think this just sent me over the edge, and it’s only 6 am, LOL!~ Loving rhe photos!

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