This California Burrito Style Burger is the perfect way to kick off burger month! A perfectly toasted burger bun is slathered with chipotle lime mayo, then layered with juicy burger patties, fresh guacamole, crispy French fries, and creamy cheese sauce!
Form the Beef Patties for your California Burrito Style Burger
First, we’ll make our beef patties. To do so, portion out 1/2 pound sections of ground beef. Form each portion into patties, then set the formed patties on a tray.
Place the tray in the fridge to allow the meat to chill for 30 minutes. Don’t skip this step! Chilling the patties helps reinforce their shape so they don’t fall apart when you try to cook them. No one likes a crumbly California Burrito Style Burger…or any crumbly burger for that matter.
Make Your Guacamole
Next up, we’re whipping up a quick but incredibly flavorful batch of homemade guacamole.
So, start with 5-6 ripe avocados. Open each avocado up and remove the pit, then use a spoon to scoop the meat of the avocado out into a bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocado up until your desired texture is reached. I prefer it smooth, but feel free to leave chunks.
To the bowl with the avocado, add finely diced red onions, chopped cilantro, chopped Serrano peppers, lime juice, and salt. Make sure you taste it to make sure it’s just the way you like it, then set it aside.
Cook Your California Burrito Style Burger
Now, it’s time to cook the burger patties! First, preheat the grill to a high heat of around 400ºF. Add a cast-iron skillet or plancha to the grill. Allow it to heat for a couple of minutes, then place the burger patties into the skillet.
Season each burger patty with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then cook them for 4-5 minutes per side or until a nice crust has formed. Don’t forget to verify that the internal temperature is 165ºF.
Once they’re cooked through, pull the burgers off of the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes.
Don’t Forget the Condiments!
While the beef patty is the obvious MVP of any burger, we can’t overlook the toppings! And this California Burrito Style Burger would not be the same without the chipotle lime mayonnaise and cheese sauce. These delicious condiments could not be more simple to make.
For the chipotle lime mayonnaise, mix together mayonnaise, chipotle purée, and lime juice.
For the cheese sauce, place a cast-iron skillet onto the grill. Let it cool to a medium temperature of around 325ºF. The lower temperature works better for cheese so it doesn’t burn. Add Velveeta cheese cubes into the hot skillet along with a drizzle of hot sauce. Stir constantly while the cheese melts, then slowly add in milk until your desired cheese sauce consistency is reached. Keep stirring! We don’t want a lumpy, burnt cheese sauce.
Assemble and Serve
Finally, it’s time to assemble our California Burrito Style Burgers. First, don’t forget to cook your fries and toast the burger buns.
To layer your burger, place the bottom half of the burger bun onto a plate. Top it with a spoonful of guacamole, a burger patty, a drizzle of cheese, a handful of French fries, more cheese, pico de gallo, and sliced red onions. Slather the top burger bun with your chipotle lime mayonnaise, then add it onto the burger.
Now dig in! This meal is so worth the mess!
California Burrito Style Burger
- 2 lbs Ground Beef 80/20
- 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- Burger Buns toasted
- Canola Oil
Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise:
- ¾ cup Mayonnaise
- 1.5 tbsp Chipotle Purée
- 1-2 medium Limes juiced
- 16 oz Velveeta Cheese cubed
- Whole Milk to desired thickness
- 1.5 tsp Hot Sauce
- 5-6 Ripe Avocados removed from shell
- 1 cup Red Onions finely diced
- ½ cup Chopped Cilantro
- 2 tbsp Chopped Serranos
- 3-4 medium Limes juiced
- Kosher Salt to taste
- Sliced Red Onions
- Pico De Gallo
- French Fries
- Begin by forming ½ lb patties of ground beef, set onto a tray and place in the fridge to firm for 30 minutes. In another bowl, add together all the ingredients for the Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise. Finally, open up each avocado and remove the seed. Scoop out the meat of the avocado and place in a bowl. Mash it together until you have an almost smooth texture. Add the rest of the ingredients for the guacamole to the bowl, mix and place in the fridge until ready to use..
- Preheat your grill to high heat (around 400F) adding a cast iron skillet/plancha to the grill 2 minutes before cooking.
- Add your burgers to the skillet and season the top side with salt, pepper and garlic. Cook the burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side or until they have a nice crust and are about 165F internal. Once the burgers are done, pull them off and keep them warm until ready to serve.
- Add another cast iron skillet to the grill, letting the heat cool down to a medium temperature (around 325F) to start making your cheese. Add the cubed cheese to the skillet along with the hot sauce. Stir and let fully melt. Once melted, begin adding your whole milk to find your desired consistency. Add the milk slowly and then stir it in well. I prefer to add about 1-1.5 cups of milk, but you enjoy it how you like. Continually stir the cheese sauce until it is warm and ready. Pull off once done.
- Right before assembling, make sure to toast your burger buns over the fire for a nice golden brown crisp.
- Finally, start assembling your burger. Add the bottom of the burger bun, spoonful of guacamole, top with ½ lb burger patty, drizzle of cheese, french fries, more cheese, pico de gallo, sliced red onions and the top burger bun smothered in chipotle lime mayonnaise. Repeat this for all your burgers. Serve and enjoy!
Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!