Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Soyrizo Cilantro and Avocado Burgers
1 12 oz. package of Soyrizo* (Soy chorizo sausage, you can also use regular chorizo if soy isn't your thing)
1 pound lean ground beef (anything above 93% lean is good)
1 small white onion, finely diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 sliced tomato
iceberg lettuce leafs
2 avocados sliced
1 package thickly sliced Muenster cheese
low fat mayo for spreading
salt and pepper
4-6 whole wheat buns
*This is the only kind I could find online, but I used a different brand that I bought at Wal-Mart.
Start by mixing the soyrizo (in my case, you had to remove the sausage from the casing and crumble into the bowl), ground beef, cilantro and onion in a large mixing bowl. After everything is mixed well, form into 4 to 6 patties. This step can be difficult if the ingredients don't hold together so be careful!
Heat a medium to large sized nonstick skillet on medium heat and then spray with non-stick cooking spray. I like to use Pam Organic Olive Oil spray. Gently place the burgers on the heated skillet and let cook on one side until a nice crust forms. Gently flip to cook the other side through. This should take about 10-15 minutes. If you are using the Muenster cheese, place one slice on each burger while still in skillet to melt.
Once the burgers are cooked, arrange on toasted whole wheat buns with the mayo spread on each side. Spread the avocado slices on the top bun half and sprinkle with salt and pepper, place the burger (with or without the cheese) on the bottom bun half, then add your tomato and lettuce. Enjoy!
The Kbo Conclusion
These burgers turned out way better than I thought they would! Although they were a little messy in the making, once everything came together the flavors of the soyrizo, cilantro, and the avocado were fabulous. I also ended up only making about three burgers for me and M to enjoy and then crumbling the rest of the meat mixture to save for leftover taco salad! (Recipe to come.)
All in all this was a flavorful and pretty healthy way to spice up the average burger, perfect for a July 4th cookout!