Santa Fe Burgers & pic monkey

Have you ever tried PicMonkey?  You can do so many fun things with your photos.  I am no expert by any means, but I have been playing around with it trying to learn new things to create…..

Santa Fe Burgers |

like today’s burger for instance.  The Santa Fe Burgers were first created many months ago when Mr. J my ex was upset because Red Robin no longer has his beloved burger.  I have never personally eaten one, so I went to their website looking to find out what was in it.  Then I went into the kitchen and started creating.  I have made this burger several times now, several different ways as you can see in this collage…..

Cool right?  Okay so I’m not as technologically savvy as the rest of you, but I am pretty impressed with the collage tool!  The one on the left is the original that I made many months ago with the jalapeno slices and Pepper Jack cheese.  The one in the middle is mine with the cheddar cheese and no veggies.  I do not like my hot and cold foods together, yes I am strange that way.  The one on the right is Alex’s burger with veggie cheese.  What is veggie cheese, let me show you…..

The sauce is the same each time, because I like the way it turned out…so why mess with it!  The sauce and the burgers are flavored with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce…..

You dice them up and put them into the mayonnaise based sauce like so…..

Isn’t that fun?  Now let me tell you about the heat with this burger.  It is not a hot, spicy, turn your face red kind of heat.  It is more of a lingering tingle in the back of your mouth, that lasts until you eat something that makes it go away 🙂  I do not like spicy foods, that is why I do not use Pepper Jack cheese, and I love this burger!

Southwest Burger

So do you want to know why I always bake my own hamburger buns…..

Don’t you want to just grab one and eat it by itself?  Here is the recipe for my super easy bread machine hamburger buns.

I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as we do!


Santa Fe Burgers

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Course
A juicy burger flavored with chipotle peppers, jalapenos, garlic, cumin,cilantro, and topped with Pepper Jack cheese.


  • For the Adobo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (can substitute sour cream, or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 clove fresh garlic (pressed or finely minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • For the Burgers
  • 1 1/2 Pounds grass-fed 85% ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh gound pepper
  • 4 Slices Pepper Jack cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • 4 Canned whole jalapenos (sliced in half, spread out on burger)
  • 8 Ounces guacamole
  • lettuce, tomato, onion slices
  • 4 fresh hamburger buns


For the Adobo Sauce:
add cilantro
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, coconut milk, diced adobo peppers, garlic, and cilantro. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the Burgers:
add garlic powder cumin
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, adobo sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin.
form patties
I use my hands to mix everything together, since you now have to form 4 patties anyway. Making a small indentation in the center helps to keep them a bit flatter.
Place in a large skillet and cook over medium heat. To reduce splattering and to make burgers juicer, cover pan with a lid. It also helps the cheese to melt.
add cheese pan
Add cheese after you flip the burgers over. Cook until no longer pink.
Slice your buns in half, and spread guacamole on the bottom bun.
add burger
Place burger on top of guacamole.
add cheese
If you did not add cheese while your burger was cooking, add it now.
Add jalapeno slices, if using. Sorry, I did use jalapenos this time, so no photo.
add lettuce
Add lettuce.
add onion slices
Add tomato and onion slices
sauce top bun
Spread adobo sauce over the top bun.
top bun
Place on top of burger and serve.


The adobo sauce is not burn your mouth spicy/hot.  It is more of a lingering tingle at the back of your mouth.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!



  1. says

    Your burger looks amazing. With homemade buns 🙂 Thanks for joining us at the Let’s Get Social Sunday linky party. New follower! Diane @MamalDiane

  2. says

    Picmonkey is awesome! So user friendly even a caveman can do it :).

    Your adobo sauce looks interesting. I make it too but haven’t used coconut milk. Since I love coconut I think I might consider that. Great tip!

  3. says

    These look incredible! I used to make all my own buns…I may need to make them again. I love burgers more than anything else in the world! I’m going to mark your post!

  4. says

    Hi there! Found your blog thru the bloghop and am now following via Bloglovin 🙂

    Ohhhhmg….I’m so glad I found the recipe to make these types of hamburger buns because they’re my favorite!!! Yum, this burger looks amazing.

    Jessica –

  5. says

    Wow, Lisa – those look delicious!!! My husband loves burgers {and I’m more of a burger gal than a fancy food gal myself} – I’m pinning this to try for sure!! =) Thanks for linking up with us at the Pinterest Power Party!

    Have a great weekend!!

  6. says

    Oh, these look delicious! I’ve pinned them to my sandwiches board! 🙂 Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes!

  7. says

    Yum! This looks scrumptious!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is open every Friday and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    I follow back: bloglovin, Facebook, and Twitter. =)

    Hugs, Cathy

  8. says

    Every iteration looks pretty good to me. I use PicMonkey a lot trying to compensate for my poor photography skills. I am getting better (sometimes) but it SURE does help a lot! Thanks for sharing at the Burger Bash! Pinning.


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