I made these burgers a few weeks ago, and this picture has been sitting in my folder of food photos because I don't really love it. But I loved the burgers! I've debated making them again because they are so delicious and full of flavors, but I really am trying to make lighter dinners. But, grilled avocado! Why haven't I ever thought of that?
Recently, I've fallen out of love with chipotle, just because I think its waaaay over-done. They are every where and a lot of recipes that use it, I find that the chipotle overwhelms the dish. But not the case with these burgers. The smoky flavors are layered in perfectly so you get the suggestion of chipotle. I didn't even cut back on the amount of chipotle called for in the recipe, as I sometimes do.
We still love to have a good burger now and then, but there are lighter variations to be had. (I'm making one such variation tonight and hope to post it next week.) However, summer is not over yet and I can see us having this again.
Triple Smoke Burgers
recipe courtesy of epicurious
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1.5 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced chipotle in adobo, including some sauce, divided
8 slices cooked, crisp bacon
1.5 pounds ground beef chuck, not lean
2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 large red onion, cut into 4 thick rounds, threaded onto a skewer
1 firm, ripe avocado, quartered lengthwise, peeled, and cut into 1/3 inch slices
olive oil for brushing
4 hamburger buns, toasted
In a food processor or blender, puree the mayonnaise, mustard and 1 tablespoon chipotle. Set aside.
Gently mix the beef with 1 tablespoon chipotle, paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt until well combined. Form into 4 patties.
Turn grill on to medium heat and oil the grill rack. Brush the onions with oil and grill onions until charred, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from skewer and set aside.
Grill avocado slices, turning once, about 30 seconds per side (just enough to make grill marks appear).
Grill burgers for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temp of 160 degrees. Serve on toasted buns with chipotle mayo, avocado, bacon and onion.