Chipotle Burger


A hamburger flavored with chipotles in adobo, cumin and onion, served with jack cheese and avocados.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Happiness is … finding a half-full can of chipotle chilies in adobo in the fridge, when you have burgers to grill!

These smoked red jalapeños add pizzaz to almost anything grilled.

Fold minced chipotles into your burger mixture, form patties and grill. Top the burgers with melted jack cheese, sliced avocados, and a little cilantro. If you want even more heat, double down and add strips of roasted poblano chilies.

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Chipotle Burger Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 2-4 chipotle peppers (from a can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo), depending on how much chile heat you like, minced, plus 1 Tbsp of the adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 slices jack cheese
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Chipotle hot sauce to taste (we use Tabasco brand)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • 2 poblano chile peppers, roasted, seeded, peeled and sliced (optional)*

* Optional step for roasted poblanos. Coat the poblanos with a little oil and grill or broil them until they are blackened on all sides. Alternatively, you can take the plain, un-oiled peppers and place them directly on a gas stovetop burner, turning them as needed, until they are blackened on all sides. Place the blackened peppers in a covered bowl for 15 minutes or so to steam. Peel off the charred skin and remove all the seeds. Slice into thick ribbons and toss with a little vegetable oil and salt and set aside.


1 Make the chipotle burger mix: Mix the ground beef, grated onion, minced chipotles, the adobo sauce, salt, cumin and black pepper together in a large bowl. Mix gently, just until the ingredients are combined. Do not over-mix or the burgers will be tough.

2 Form the burger patties: Form 4-6 patties from the burger mix, about 1/4 pound to 1/3 pound each.

Tip: form the patties with a little indentation in the center and as they cook the patties won't bulge as much in the center.

3 Grill the chipotle burgers: Grill the burgers over medium-high heat (with the grill lid down) until done, about 6-7 minutes per side, depending on how hot your grill is. Cook until the internal temperature is 140°F for medium rare, or 160°F for well done.

When the burgers are almost ready, place a slice of jack cheese on each patty and close the grill lid. The cheese should melt in a little over a minute.

4 Grill the buns: If you want toasted burger buns with your burgers, toast them after you've flipped the burgers. Watch that the buns don't burn; when they are lightly toasted move them to a tray near the grill.

5 Serve: When the burgers are ready, place them on the buns. Top with slices of avocado, then some of the roasted poblanos (if using) a little cilantro and hot sauce.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Tricia

    Lovely recipe, we had the Aussie version of burgers with tomato, lettuce, cheese and beetroot. Used Chipotle Aioli and Chipotle BBQ Sauce. Will always make burgers this way now. Since I found a source to buy chipotle in adobo here I am always looking for ways to use them.

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  2. Sruthi

    I just tried this burger and my oh my was it delicious! It was juicy with the right amount of spiciness! I added a bit of lime juice for an extra zing.

  3. Marsha

    Tried this last night & they were the best burgers I’ve ever made. Used 80/20 ground beef; a little less than 1 1/2 lbs, and used 3 chipotles. I made patties & froze ahead of time so we could have a few meals. They weren’t too spicy at all & they were so juicy. My husband eats his well done & I eat mine very rare & we were both equally happy. Just outstanding. Thanks for a recipe we’ll enjoy for a long time.


  4. Nina

    I tried this recipe and it was delicious! Looking forward to making the Asian salad and zucchini turkey burgers next.

  5. Kelly

    3-4 whole chipotles in 1.5 pounds of meat? I make the southwestern brisket (3 lbs) with two whole chipotles and it’s quite intense. Could this be a typo? Just wondering.

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