Chef Rod’s Chorizo Burger

Chef Rod’s Chorizo Burger

Hamburguesa de Chorizo del Chef Rod, recipe courtesy of Chef Rodrigo Albarrán-Torres, Mission Restaurant

Recipe Yield

5 burgers

Cooking time

20 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.80 from 5 votes


For the burger:

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 pounds Mexican chorizo
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/4 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic whole and peeled
  • 1/4 cup water

To Serve:

  • 5 slices bacon cooked
  • 5 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Tomato slices to garnish
  • Red onion slices to garnish
  • Green leaf lettuce to garnish
  • Hamburger buns

For the Chipotle Mayo:

  • 1 chipotle pepper from chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup of heavy mayonnaise

To Prepare

To make the burger:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and the chorizo.
  • In a blender, add the onions, black pepper, salt, cumin, and garlic and mix at medium speed adding water. Pour the blender mixture into the beef mixture, mix well, and form into burger patties by hand.
  • Cook burger on a skillet, grill pan, or grill to desired temperature. Butter the buns and heat in the oven for 5 minutes.

To make the chipotle mayo:

  • Using a blender, mix the mayonnaise and chipotle pepper on low speed.
  • Spread chipotle mayo on both halves of the buns.

To assemble burger:

  • To assemble burger, start with the base of the bun and layer on the lettuce, a slice of tomato, sliced onions, the cooked burger patty, pepper jack cheese, cooked bacon, and the top of half of the bun.


22comments inChef Rod’s Chorizo Burger

  1. Sonia M Agosto

    Aug 18

    What can I substitute for the sauce if o don’t like, mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 18

      Hola Sonia! Just leave the chipotle mayo out and add the condiments that you like. If you like the chipotle flavor, maybe mix a bit of honey with sweet chipotles to top the burger, enjoy!

  2. Susan in Houston, Texas

    Apr 06

    Ever since I saw the episode with Chef Rod making these burgers I’ve been hooked. My only problem was the chorizo. The brand I was using was very greasy and the burgers fell apart. My advice to anyone with that issue is to replace the water with an egg. And if possible, mix the burger ingredients together a few hours in advance to let the flavors develop. Yum!
    This is a fantastic recipe and I love watching your show…YOU GO GIRL!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Thanks so much for the advice Susan, so glad you love Chef Rod’s burgers, yummy!

  3. From Flora P

    Aug 06

    Haven’t tried them yet;but I can’t wait to get started,they look so good.Thank you,thank you My dear.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 11

      Thanks to you Flora, you will not regret preparing these burgers, enjoy!

  4. Pru

    Jun 20

    What am I missing, why do you need to heat up oven? You don’t use oven?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 21

      It is to heat the buns and get the butter on them a little toasty Pru 😉

  5. Mike K

    Jul 23

    Made these today, they turned out great! I used Supremo pork chorizo and we put avocado on them, left out the bacon. MMMM!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 24

      They are a perfect summer dinner…so glad you enjoyed them, Mike.

  6. Gene McGrew.

    May 25

    Omg!!!!!! DELISH!!!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 27

      Thank you, Gene!

  7. Martin Dowty

    Sep 15

    What is the best store bought chorizo? We live in the Boston area. Thanks

    1. Pati

      Oct 02

  8. Valerie

    Jul 22

    Made these last night, they did not disappoint. Delicious!

    1. Pati

      Jul 23

      Yay! Thank you Valerie.

  9. Maria

    Jun 28

    I cannot wait to make this for my husband. He was watching your show with me and was so impressed – we were recently in DC visiting our daughter we went to Mission Restaurant- it was wonderful!! Looking forward to your next season!

    1. Pati

      Jul 06

      Hope your husband loves the burgers Maria!

  10. Kelle

    May 27

    This looks delectable! I’m saving your recipe to make soon…I’m a cumin addict!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Pati

      Jun 01

      I hope you love it as much as me Kelle!

  11. sara

    Oct 15

    the chorizo burger looks good. I make a burger with half beef half pork. I then add cooked thick cut maple bacon to it cooled and add chili powder to it and cook them.

    1. Pati

      Oct 16

      Sounds delicious, Sara!

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