I’m having a bit of a… burger issue.

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I know, I know. Old news. It’s been going on for about six months or so and I won’t shut up about it and well I JUST WANT BURGERS ALL THE TIME. Really, I mean all the time. I want a burger multiple times every week. It’s all very odd to me since it’s somewhat new.

I’m not even discriminating on my burger choice now. Well, wait – I really AM discriminating since the lowest I’ll go is a Five Guys burger but I have definitely drove past multiple fast food restaurants thinking burrrrgerrrrr. It’s nothing short of a miracle that my head hasn’t popped up in a drive thru window.

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A few weeks ago I split a taco burger from a local food truck. This was after we split a burger with aioli, a bacon grilled cheese and a hot dog, so don’t go getting disappointed about the whole “splitting” thing. The thing was… I wasn’t quite feeling it at first. I mean if I want a taco? I’ll eat a taco. I wasn’t quite sure about my burger tasting like a taco. It just seemed wrong. It actually seemed pointless. Especially when it came to ground beef.


These burgers were covered in crushed tortilla chips. That alone sealed the deal for me – you know what a texture freak I am. At the time I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the taco burger. It was completely different than what I was expecting and if you’re a burger/sandwich fiend like us, a random but nice change of pace. I can totally see this happening with some chicken and turkey burgers too, but first up? I am SO doing this with my double bean burgers. Yeah. Like downright obsessed with the idea. Can you even imagine a taco-rubbed black bean burger with tortilla chips and avocado? My brain just exploded.

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I’m also still seriously making the peanut butter bacon burger before the brain explosion. Thoughts? We may have two brain explosions on our hands then.

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The moral of this story is that if you eat a lot of burgers, you may adore this idea. If you’re a burger-once-every-three-months kind of fella, then you might miss the whole cheese and bacon and stuff. By the way, can I just say that I’ve always loathed things like lettuce and tomatoes (vegetables, of course) on my burgers but it wasn’t until recently that I figured out why? It’s because a burger is so warm and cheesy. Why add cold crunch to that little sandwiched slice of heaven?

Annnnnd the only thing that I can think of that will make this taco burger better is adding a cheese quesadilla triangle on top. Perfect?

Yeah. That’s definitely happening.

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Taco Rubbed Burgers

Yield: makes 4 burgers

Total Time: 45 minutes


1 pound ground beef (mine was 90% lean)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 ounces white cheddar cheese, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup salsa verde
1/2 cup of your favorite salsa
blue tortilla chips for topping
4 whole grain buns, toasted


In a bowl, combine ground beef with salt and pepper, mixing to combine. Form beef into four equal patties.

In a smaller bowl, combine, cumin, paprika, chili, garlic and onion powders together and stir well to mix. Pick up each burger and using your hands, rub both sides and the edges of the burger with the spice rub, gently patting the spice in. To cook, prepare the burger as you'd like - whether grilling it until your desired doneness or cooking it in a hot skillet for about 5 minutes per side. Add cheese on top 1-2 minutes before finished so it has time to melt.

To serve, add salsa verde to the top of each bun bottom. Top with the burger then add avocado, salsa and crushed tortilla chips on top. Eat!

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I hope I never get a handle on this.

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64 Responses to “Taco-Rubbed Burgers with Avocado and Crushed Tortilla Chips.”

  1. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — May 23, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Summer = Burgers in our house! These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!


  2. #
    Jenn (CookiesCupcakesCardio) — May 23, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Its 6:00am. Burgers for breakfast? I’ll take two!


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 23, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I don’t even eat meat but they are some pretty burgers! I love the thick avocado slices!


  4. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — May 23, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Chips in a sandwich is always needed! blue chips in Mex burger? instant hanger over food (aka. morning food)


  5. #
    JulieD — May 23, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Pretty much genius!!!!!!


  6. #
    Linda — May 23, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    Omigosh! I know exactly how you feel about burgers. My friends think I have an unhealthy fixation on them… and I admit, that yes, at times, burgers ARE unhealthy…

    But I will definitely give this recipe a go. Stumbling onto this blog post has made my night! :D


  7. #
    Tieghan — May 23, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Tortilla chips on a burger! Oh my gosh! This is awesome! I love these food truck finds of yours!

    Oh and that peanut butter bacon burger you are dreaming about? It’s funny cause I posted one yesterday! LOL I thought I was the only crazy person to actually want peanut butter on a burger!


  8. #
    Maria Tadic — May 23, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    MMmm, I love fun sandwiches! They’re fun to create and even more fun to eat. Just makes life so much better!


  9. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — May 23, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I have been craving burgers as well.. must be all the nice weather!


  10. #
    Stephanie — May 23, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Yes – all the burgers all the time. And, I too, despise veggies ON my burger. But, it’s because I am all about the condiments and stupid lettuce and tomatoes make my burgers all slippy and messy. I’d rather have a salad on the side, thank you!

    And, peanut butter bacon burgers? I get them whenever I have to travel to Halifax, NS (Canada). Darrel’s is a burger joint that is consistently voted best burger of the year, and they feature a PB bacon burger that makes my heart sing!


  11. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 23, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    You had me at taco-rubbed.


  12. #
    Ashley — May 23, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Now you made MY brain explode thinking about the taco rubbed black bean burgerrrr. Music to my ears. Also, not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but almost the only way I would eat hamburgers when I was a kid was with peanut butter.


  13. #
    Heather — May 23, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    FEED ME! I love burgers, and I crave them all the time – but taco rubbed? MIND = BLOWN.


  14. #
    Maria — May 23, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    I’ve literally been debating between burgers and tacos for my weekend menu all week. You just solved all my problems. I love this!


  15. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 23, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Holy smokes! These look fantastic!


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 23, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Looks SO good! Such a good idea to rub it in taco mix…YUM!! I don’t crave burgers very often, but whenever I see you post a picture of one, my mouth starts salivating, haha :)


  17. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 23, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    All I can say is SOLD!


  18. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 23, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I don’t even know what to do with myself right now.


  19. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — May 23, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    How appropriate for Memorial Day weekend! These shall be on my weekly menu ASAP!


  20. #
    cindy — May 23, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    I’mma eat that.


  21. #
    Kelsey McGinley — May 23, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Hello!! Love myself a delicious burger! Have you ever heard of the restaurants Slater’s 50/50? There are only a few in California but their main thing is they have a option to have a 50/50 patty – half ground beef, half ground bacon! Its pretty insane and my favorite burger there is the Peanut Butter and Jealousy Burger. Its Peanut Butter, Jelly, Bacon and a patty on a honey wheat bun. REDIC!!!! Thought you otta know!!


  22. #
    Amanda — May 23, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    This might be the most excited I’ve ever been for a burger, it looks amazing!


  23. #
    Luv What You Do — May 23, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Great idea to rub the burger in taco seasoning. I will def have to try that!!!


  24. #
    Marianna — May 23, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    My friends still think I’m crazy but I had a peanut butter and bacon burger in New Orleans at Yo Mama’s Bar circa 3am after a long night out. EPIC. AMAZING. OMG. It was two years ago and I’m still drooling over. Two words: do. it. http://www.yo-mamas-bar-and-grill.com


  25. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — May 23, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Whoaaaa. I want to see inside your head when you come up w the ideas for these recipes!


  26. #
    Kelly — May 23, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    ok no lie, items i bought yesterday…ground meat, cheese, avocados and xochitl chips. are we reading minds now? :)


  27. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 23, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    This is soooo genius! I love this burger concept!


  28. #
    erin @hooleywithaz — May 23, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    you NEED to make the peanut butter bacon burger. NEED. we have one locally that is peanut butter, bacon, pepper jack, mayo and pickles. and it is heaven.


  29. #
    Kylie @ immaeatthat — May 23, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    I love burger. I love tacos. I love chips. I love avocados. Must make this. The same goes for peanut butter and bacon…so I’d totally support you in that endeavor.


  30. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — May 23, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    This looks so super delicious. Bobby Flay likes crushed blue corn chips on his burgers!


  31. #
    Larry — May 23, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    God, you’re such a freaking GENIUS.
    There’s a spot in my hometown called Bud’s Burgers and it’s the best greesy spoon burger you’ve ever had. I’m sure you could get it without the cold stuff on top, but I happen to love it. ALSO, they make their fries right in front of you, kind of like In ‘N Out, buuuuuuuut way better cuz they are thicker ands till have skins on them. OMG.


  32. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 23, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    This has got to be the most flavorful burger ever! Genius!


  33. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 23, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    This is everything I want in life. On a burger. Gimme.


  34. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — May 23, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    i’ve been on a burger kick lately, too!! Do you guys have Meatheads near you?? If so, you HAVE to go there. Best burgers around. This taco-rubbed one looks insanely delicious! i’m definitely going to give it a try!


  35. #
    Michelle — May 23, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    I could eat a burger every single day of my life and I don’t even eat the bun and still love them!


  36. #
    Pretend Chef — May 23, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    I love burgers! This looks so delicious. I need to give this a try soon.


  37. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — May 23, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Definitely a great time of year to mix up the burgers. You know who else has been crazy about burgers? Shawnda at Confections of a Foodie Bride. According to her site, it’s National Burger Month.


  38. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — May 24, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    Oh my gosh, this is awesome. I can’t wait to try it!


  39. #
    Stephanie @ fortheyum.com — May 24, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    Hubby just declared this as Friday’s dinner. Thanks!


  40. #
    Lisa — May 24, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Making this for dinner tonight!


  41. #
    nessa — May 24, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Holy cow these look awesome!


  42. #
    Kelly Jo — May 24, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    OMG, adding a cheese quesadilla triangle to this burger sounds absolutely amazing. Yay for burgers! I tried one last weekend with fried pickles on it, delicious!


  43. #
    Kathy — May 24, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Looks like the perfect burger!


  44. #
    Alyse — May 24, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    You have some serious green leafy something (lettuce?) in the last picture. Looks delicious. I will try it without lettuce but adding a little shredded cabbage, a spritz of fresh lime juice, and cilantro to taste, which in my case is lots


  45. #
    Erin — May 24, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Peanut butter cheeseburgers with bacon or toasted salami and avocado are my faaaaavorite!!


  46. #
    Elisabeth — May 24, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I’m not a huge burger fan, but this does sound incredible. Maybe because it has some ties to my FAVORITE burger ever. A Salsa Verde burger, mixing salsa verde in with ground turkey (and whatever else you like) and using a mayo guacamole as your mayo (well obviously) topping the burger with pepper jack cheese, throwing a sliced GREEN tomato on there (oh, yeah!) and cilantro instead of lettuce. mmm, it’s 9 am and i want one! I’ve even fried the green tomato before adding it and, either way it’s plain delish!


  47. #
    Helen — May 24, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    Don’t add a quesadilla triangle – quesqdilla AS bun.


  48. #
    Jane Cook — May 24, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Love your ideas and recipes. A suggestion for this taco burger. Instead of adding the cheese quesadilla on top of your burger stack, why not just tuck the burger and it’s toppings into a warmed flour tortilla with melted cheese? Fold it in half and make a little packet to hold everything together. So often burger buns are tasteless, too soft, etc. This will make your taco burger adventure more authentic!


  49. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — May 24, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    I”ve been craving burgers lately, too. and that’s so not like me!! Must be the warmer weather :)


  50. #
    Linda — May 25, 2013 @ 3:54 am

    Perhaps you need burgers because there is a bun in the oven?



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