Chili Cheese Burgers

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  • 2 lb. ground beef, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder, divided

  • kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 1 tbsp. cumin

  • 1 tbsp. paprika

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • 1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes

  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce

  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar

  • 4 hamburger buns

  • Sliced green onions, for garnish

  • Pickled jalapeños, for garnish


  • In a large bowl, combine 1 1/4 pounds ground beef, garlic, and 1 tablespoon chili powder and season with salt and pepper. Form into four patties.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil. Add patties and cook 4 minutes per side, then drain fat.
  • Make chili sauce: Add onions to skillet and cook until soft and tender, 5 minutes, then season with salt. Add remaining ground beef and cook until no longer pink, 6 minutes, then drain fat.
  • Stir in remaining chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder until combined, then add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir until combined. Let simmer 5 minutes (add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water to thin sauce to your desired consistency).
  • Return burger patties back to the skillet and spoon sauce all over. Top with cheddar and cover with lid to melt.
  • Assemble burgers: Top buns with burgers, spoon over more chili sauce, and top with green onions and pickled jalapeños.