Southwest Burgers

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I hardly ever eat burgers. But every once in a while I will get a craving for one. They are undoubtedly the picture of American food. And the best part is, there are endless options to make them! Burgers are too boring to me when they have meet, cheese, and a bun. You can make California burgers with avocado and bacon, or Mexican burgers with Nacho cheese, salsa, and sour cream! So many options, and so much creativity! My favorite thing about cooking is that it gives everyone an opportunity to be creative and explore the amazing quality of flavors!

Our grill wasn’t working too well at this time, it was small and old and left at our house when we moved in. So with the help of my sister, we ended up making these tasty burgers on the skillet! And you wouldn’t have known the difference!

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To start, take a small bowl and make the corn relish. I added a few extras to mine from the recipe I found, and it added the best flavor! If you have a grill, I suggest grilling corn on the cob and then cutting the corn off for this relish. Since we didn’t have one, I turned the oven on 425 and placed the corn and chopped bell pepper on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Take it out every 15 minutes and stir on the sheet until the corn and pepper are fully roasted. Mix the corn, chopped bell pepper, and red onions with the juice of one lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. I also added a few dashes of red wine vinegar, chopped cilantro and chopped tomato. Mix lightly and set aside.

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Next make your ground beef patties! In a medium bowl, mix your ground beef, garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, cajun seasoning, and cumin. Handle into patty shapes, generally about 1 inch in thickness. Place in the skillet or on the grill. If using a skillet, place on medium high. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side. Same goes for the grill. This will be for a medium well burger, just a little pink in the middle is what it should look like when it’s done cooking. Make sure not to press down on the burgers while cooking because the burger will dry out very easily and all of the juices and flavors will go into the skillet or on the bottom of the grill and it will lose its flavors.

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While your burgers are cooking, make the sauce. Take a small bowl and add mayonnaise, lemon juice, and minced chipotles. Take out your buns and brush the inside with either butter or olive oil. Place on the grill for a few minutes, or in the already preheated oven on a baking sheet.

When your burgers are done, assemble!! Serve on buns with chipotle mayo, and corn salsa!

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What you’ll need:

Corn salsa:
Cup of roasted/grilled corn
Cup of roasted/grilled chopped red bell pepper
Chopped tomato (about half of one)
Chopped red onion (about 1/4 of one)
Chopped Cilantro
Juice of one lemon
Drizzle of olive oil
2 Dashes red wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper

Burger meat:
1 1/2-2 lbs ground beef
A few dashes each of:
Onion powder
Garlic salt
Cajun seasoning
Cumin
Pepper

Chipotle Mayo:
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 tbsp minced chipotles in adobo sauce
Juice of one lemon

Burger buns of your liking!

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Teriyaki Chicken Salad

Today is the day your teriyaki dreams come true!! This is a new twist on a very common favorite: chicken salad. My future mother-in-law gave me this amazing recipe. She made this for me when I was visiting over Christmas time and came down with a little fever (She’s the best!!)

This is super easy to make, just takes a crock pot and about 4 hours and voila! For about 4 servings worth, (I tend to over due it on the salad portion) you will need 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (trimming fat and rinsing of course!) Place the chicken and all of the ingredients into a slow cooker. Cook on low for about 4 hours. After about 1 1/2 hours you should be able to shred the chicken, this way all of the flavors will blend in together and taste delicious 🙂

Once it’s all cooked, drain the liquid remaining and place the chicken into a bowl. Add mayo until it reaches the right consistency for you. And Enjoy on some toast, crackers, whatever you would like!!

What you’ll need:

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 Tbsp honey
1 clove garlic
1 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup olive oil
Toast (I thought our Honey Wheat bread tasted great with this!)