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Santa Fe Burgers

Santa Fe Burgers are topped with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and a delicious adobo sauce that takes these burgers over the top!!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burgers, beef, recipe, cheese, jalapeno, sauce, adobo, guacamole
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 903kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


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 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 ground pepper
  • 4 Slices Pepper Jack cheese or cheese of your choice
  • 4 Canned whole jalapenos sliced in half, spread out on burger
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • lettuce, tomato, onion slices
  • 4 hamburger buns


For the Adobo Sauce:

  • 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:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, adobo sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, and cumin.
  • 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 after you flip the burgers over. Cook until no longer pink.
  • Slice your buns in half, and toast on the grill. 
  • Spread guacamole on the bottom bun. Place burger on top of guacamole. If you did not add cheese while your burger was cooking, add it now.
  • Add jalapeno slices, if using, lettuce, tomato and onion slices.
  • Spread adobo sauce over the 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.


Calories: 903kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 2894mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 6.8mg