Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hatch Green Chile Burgers with Fried Egg

When I expressed my jealousy over Brittanie from Three Diets One Dinner's easy access to Hatch Green Chiles, she graciously offered to send me a few! She used them to make these tasty looking Hatch Chile Meatballs.

Kevin and I LOVE the Southwest. We just love the beautiful, scenic views and the hiking and mountain biking and...everything! I may have mentioned before that we took a road trip out west about a year ago to celebrate our first anniversary. We also traveled to Phoenix, AZ. with Kevin's family for the Fiesta Bowl earlier this year. Other than watching the OSU Cowboys stomp Stanford, we enjoyed some amazing meals and got down and dirty on some mountain bikes.

When the green chiles arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them - Hatch Green Chile Burgers! Before our Paleo days, Kevin and I loved us some green chile cheese burgers. Green chile burgers are one of our favorites, but without the cheese or the toasty bun, they just aren't the same (trust me, I tried it).

Now that my idea of food has changed so drastically, I was ready to give green chile burgers another try. This time, though, I topped each of the burgers with diced, roasted green chiles and a fried egg. We served these burgers with a small salad and sliced avocado. It was delicious!  If you love the flavors of the Southwest as much as we do, you should definitely try these out.

FYI - I was nice enough to return Brittanie's favor - I mailed her a bottle of Southern Indiana Maple Syrup. She will be posting a recipe made with the maple syrup...I can't wait to see what she comes up with! Our little food swap was so much fun!

Hatch Green Chile Burgers with Fried Egg
Serves: 4
Time: 50 minutes

6 Hatch Green Chiles
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
Red  pepper flakes, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp olive oil
4 eggs

Preheat oven to broil.

Place chiles on a baking sheet, broil for 12 minutes, turning halfway through. Peppers should be starting to blacken and blister. Remove from oven, let cool enough to handle and remove stems (if heat isn't your thing, you can also remove the seeds).

Add chiles to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

Mix ground beef and all spices in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix the spices in with the ground beef.

Form the beef into four patties.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Once hot, place burgers on the grill pan and cook for ten minutes, flipping after five minutes. 

While burgers are cooking, heat a skillet over medium heat and coat with olive oil. Crack eggs onto skillet, two at a time so they don't touch. Cook until yolks are firm, but runny on the inside, about five minutes.

Top each burger with a spoonful of the green chiles and a fried egg.