Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers with Chipotle Cilantro Mayo

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It’s funny how some recipes come to be.  A few weeks ago we were having some people over from Germany.  When we have anyone from Germany (my husband has a team there so we do fairly often), I try to make something with beef since beef is much more expensive there and therefore they don’t often get to have it.  We also try to make something “American.”  The problem was I wasn’t craving that at all, I was craving Mexican food.  I wanted the spicy mixed with bright acidity and since I am cooking, we have what I am craving.  I still wanted to give them something that checked off the boxes, and Viola! this incredibly delicious burger came to be.  Since then I have been perfecting this burger and I have to say, I’m excited to make it every time I do.

Burgers are one of the most perfect of foods.  Delicious umami ground beef with crispy lettuce.  It’s an American delicacy and I don’t take on this responsibility lightly.  I have made a lot of burgers in my day, many of them very tasty, but none of them with this explosion of flavor.  The burger patty isn’t just a vessel to show off the toppings.  In this burger, it’s giving just as much flavor as the delicious mayo, roasted poblano pepper, and avocado.  The bacon being pulverized into the patty adds a smoky, richness to the patty that will change your preconceived notions of a burger.  Adding the mushrooms with the bacon adds not only the awesome nutrients mushrooms are jam packed with, but it also adds more savory flavor and moisture making this burger experience unlike any you have had before.

Don’t expect to have clean hands when eating this burger.  As far as I am concerned, eating a burger should be messy.  You should be licking your fingers as the sauce and burger juices melt together and drip out with every bite.  This burger takes focus to eat, but it’s so worth the extra napkins.  If you serve these at your next barbecue, I can assure you that you will wow your guests.  Note that when I say “Spicy” I mean spicy.  If you aren’t into spicy foods, just reduce the cayenne pepper or omit it completely.  I love spicy food, and this burger with the cool mayo, smoky poblano pepper, creamy avocado, is at perfect balance with the extra spicy patty, but if you decide to omit the cayenne, you will still get all that awesome flavor.  Also, these burgers are huge.  You carnivore friends will be so excited, but if this seems a bit large, I often make these into six burgers instead of four.  It just depends on how hungry I am.  These would also be super fun as sliders, making smaller Puffed Buns and eight or even twelve mini burgers.  This recipe is easy to adapt as you need.

Serve lettuce wrapped (really yummy with Napa Cabbage or Iceberg with the crispy, cool leaves) or make a few of my Puffed Buns.  They are strong enough to handle all of this saucy goodness.  I also love making it into a salad, using the Chipotle Lime Mayo as dressing.  Cut up the patty and dice up the poblano pepper and avocado, toss with some spinach and/ or romaine.  It’s a delicious and super filling lunch or dinner.

Let me know how you serve this burger and make sure to post pictures using @theeverydayfeast and #theeverydayfeast on Facebook and Instagram.  I so love seeing how you personalize my recipes.

Also, always make sure to check out the recipe notes for more information about the ingredients I use, nutritional information, and make ahead notes.

Happy Feasting my friends.

Until next time,



Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers with Chipotle Cilantro Mayo
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A flavor explosion! This burger will excite any foodie in your life.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers
Chipotle Cilantro Mayo
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers
Chipotle Cilantro Mayo
Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers
  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil and add poblano peppers.
  3. Broil about 6 minutes and then flip, broiling for another 6 minutes. They should be almost completely black.
  4. Put poblano peppers in a large ziplock, seal and set aside to cool.
  5. Once cool, peel the skin off of the poblano peppers and remove the seeds and stem. Cut each pepper in half and set aside.
  6. In a food processor, combine mushrooms and bacon. Process until finely minced and combined. It should look like a paste.
  7. In a medium sized bowl, combine mushroom bacon mixture with ground beef, chipotle powder, grey salt, ground pepper, and cayenne. I find this easier to just do with my hands.
  8. Separate the ground beef mixture into 4 even patties, about 1 in thick.
  9. Heat a grill pan or your barbecue and cook to desired temperature.
  10. Serve wrapped in Savoy cabbage, romaine or on between your favorite low carb Bun (maybe the Puffed Buns) with Chipotle Cilantro Mayo, half of poblano pepper, and a quarter of an avocado, sliced. ENJOY!
Chipotle Cilantro Mayo
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor or high power blender and blend until just combined but the cilantro is nicely chopped up.
Recipe Notes

*I am not lying when I say these are spicy.  Increase or decrease the cayenne pepper depending on your tolerance to spicy.

**Please note that the nutritional information is calculated as a lettuce wrap.  Net carbs are increased to seven when you add the Puffed Buns.

Make Ahead Notes: You can make through step eight and refrigerate overnight.  The sauce can be made three days ahead of time.  I often make double or triple the recipe for the mayo and use it as a dip or dressing for days after I make the burgers.

Nutritional Information:  Please note that I use generic nutritional data to calculate the nutritional label.  Depending on the brands you use, the nutritional info and Net Carbs may adjust.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers with Chipotle Cilantro Mayo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 548 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1237mg 52%
Potassium 364mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 39%
Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 1%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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