Mexican-Spiced Burgers w/Chipotle-Caramelized Onions

Inspired by the flavors of Mexican cuisine, these juicy, pan-seared burgers are seasoned with cumin and coriander and topped with chipotle-caramelized onions and smooth-melting Monterey Jack cheese.

Mexican-Spiced Burgers w/Chipotle-Caramelized Onions

Mexican-Spiced Burgers w/Chipotle-Caramelized Onions

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Pan-seared burgers seasoned with cumin and coriander and topped with Monterey Jack cheese and chipotle and honey caramelized onions.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon panko crumbs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 hamburger rolls
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese


  • Place the ground beef in a shallow bowl. Add the salt, cumin, coriander, mayonnaise, panko crumbs and a few grinds of black pepper.
  • Note: The mayonnaise and panko combination helps to hold the juices in the burger during cooking, but doesn’t change the flavor or texture of the beef.
  • Use a wooden spatula to combine the meat ingredients as best you can before doing a final, gentle mix with your hands. Gently form the patties into quarter-pound portions and make a slight depression in the center of each with your thumb. Transfer to a plate and chill for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
  • While the burgers chill, heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Separate the onion into rings and add to the pan. Season with a little salt and pepper and sauté the onions until soft and translucent 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chipotle chili sauce and honey and continue cooking, stirring often, until the onions are nicely caramelized, 6 to 8 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Raise the heat on the pan to medium-high and add the burgers. Cook until you see juices start to accumulate on the top of the meat, approximately 4 minutes. Flip them over, and after about 1 minute, top with a portion of the onions and a slice of cheese. Continue cooking to desired doneness, 1 to 3 minutes longer.
  • Transfer the burgers to a plate and allow to rest for a few minutes before placing on the rolls and serving.

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Recipe Notes:

This recipe gives instructions for pan-searing the burgers, but they’re just as good (if not better) cooked on the grill.
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