My Burger Brawl Entry If I Could Enter: Full-On Mexican (Pics)

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The title is a bit of a misnomer being that I'm not allowed to enter...but if I could, this would have been my entry. Feelings about burgers are a mixed bag around here. I like a good burger once in a while but Tracy could eat them 5 days a week and not get tired of them. It's about her favorite food on the planet and truth be told, I was pretty much burnt out with them and cringed every time she asked for them. Thing is that she's so supportive of all my interests it's only fair to suffer through burgers if it makes her happy. Last week I got to cringe again when she asked for them. Being the obedient and well trained husband, I started getting stuff together. Oops!! We only have 1 burger bun. Looked in the pantry to see what else was available. Nope, not gonna do them on bread because it'd just turn to mush. The thought of a burger on a cinnamon raisin bagel wasn't very appealing either. Then I saw the charras. Hmmm...the cogs started turning. Told her what I had in mind for mine and she asked me to toss the one bun and do hers the same way.

All the major players. That's cream cheese on the bottom right.
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Burgers seasoned and on the grill.
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Spread a nice layer of refried beans on two of the charras.
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Flip the burgers and season the other side.
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Add the cream cheese and jalapenos.
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When the cream cheese softens a bit they go onto the charras with the beans, on a cookie sheet, and on the top rack of the grill.
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Add tomatoes and onions to the burger like you would a taco, then fresh guac on the lid. This would probably by my entry picture.
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Plated and out to the patio. Served with tortilla chips and some sour cream. Kind of a boring looking plate though.
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Possibly 2nd choice for the entry pic.
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One huge mess but a perfectly cooked burger.
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This may sound like a bizarre combination of ingredients but it worked...beautifully. The beans added a texture and flavor component that really brought a lot to the party. The flavor combination of the cream cheese and jalapenos was simply magical. Rich, smooth, creamy cheese balanced splendidly with the twang of the peppers. What's not to love about fresh guac? The crunch of the charra is hands down preferred over a soft bun. Both of us loved it. This one was a true game changer. Now I no longer dread the thought of a burger. Matter of fact, I'm looking forward to doing these again real soon. Hey Brian ( BrianGSDTexoma BrianGSDTexoma ) are you watching my friend? I'm taking bets on how long it'll be before you make these :emoji_laughing: I have tostadas also and will probably use them next time because they are a little smaller than the charras and the burger would fit better. Still in all though, an excellent burger.

My first food related post in ages and it's a burger. Whodathunk it?

Robert
 
Man that looks good! I've been seeing taco smash burgers on Instagram that has my mind spinning. And yours just nudged me a little further over the edge.
Your Tracy and my Lesa would get along just great. Burgers are her first choice also.

Jim
 
My first food related post in ages and it's a burger. Whodathunk it?
It may be your first, but it's certainly a whopper of a burger. :emoji_laughing: All topping that I like on a burger Robert. Nice Job. One question: I've never had a charras are they crunchy like a hard tako shell?

Point for sure
Chris
 
Beautiful Robert! It has all the makings of a great Tex Mex Burger. After ruining a pork butt and tater salad this weekend this could put the wind back in my sails!
 
Robert not only am I with Traci in that I could eat burgers 5 days a week I could eat THAT burger 5 days and be good with it. Nice work
 
Ok Robert, I got to level with you…… isn’t that just a taco salad? LOL sorry I couldn’t help myself, looks mighty tasty whatever you call it! Reminds me of the Taco Bell Mexican pizza, it’s got a lot is the same things in it only NOT Taco Bell!
 
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That looks like something I would make. and very good.

Wife: Honey we need to make a trip to the grocery store we are out of food.

Me: Nah! we have plenty.

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Man that looks good! I've been seeing taco smash burgers on Instagram that has my mind spinning
Never seen anything at all on Instagram so I missed this. WSounds interesting though being that smash burgers have gotten so popular.
And yours just nudged me a little further over the edge.
Go ahead Jim, take the final plunge. Your SMF family will be there to catch you when you hit the bottom :emoji_laughing:

Robert
 
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It may be your first, but it's certainly a whopper of a burger.
Very much appreciate it Chris. For just throwing this together it came out really, really well.
One question: I've never had a charras are they crunchy like a hard tako shell?
That is correct. Very much like a tostada. From what I can see about the only difference between the charra and tostada is the charras are a bit larger and somewhat bowl shaped. That may just come from different manufacturers though but yes, it's a crunch flat shell.

Robert
 
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