Stefano Faita

Nacho Cheese Burger

By In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita


Beef Burger
1 pound ground beef, preferably medium ground
1 egg
2 tbsp. to 3 tbsp. ground or finely crushed tortilla chips
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp. grated onion
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 to 2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 burger buns, toasted
Nacho Cheese Sauce
Lettuce leaves (optional)
Onion slices (optional)
Tomato slices or tomato salsa (optional)
Avocado slices or guacamole (optional)
Pickled jalapenos or fresh jalapeno slices (optional)
Bacon slices, cooked (optional)
Black olives (optional)
Tortilla chips, for serving
Hot sauce, for serving


Beef Burger
Add ground beef, egg, 2 tbsp. ground tortilla chips, garlic, onion, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, cilantro, and salt and pepper to a large bowl. Mix to combine. If burger mixture seems too moist, add 1 tbsp. more of ground tortilla chips.

Divide mixture into 4 balls and shape into 4 patties.

Preheat grill to high. Oil grill.

Brush burger patties with oil and add to the grill.

Cook, turning once, until meat is no longer pink, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.

Add each burger to a bun. Garnish with toppings as desired, such lettuce, onion, tomato or tomato salsa, avocado slices or guacamole, pickled or fresh jalapeno, bacon slices and/or olives. Top with Nacho Cheese Sauce. Serve with tortilla chips and hot sauce.

Yield: 4 servings.