Chorizo Burgers with Roasted Tomato Salad

I am chorizo obsessed. I love Spanish or Portugese chorizo, smoked, and full of flavour. Mexican chorizo is raw, but the spices are incredible. I love making my own burgers, there’s something so satisfying about a nice juicy patty, hot off the grill. Burgers are a staple during the summer at our place, paired with some salad or coleslaw, and it’s a perfectly satisfying meal. Mmmm…Burgers.Chorizo Burgers with Roasted Tomato Salad Chorizo Burgers with Roasted Tomato Salad

Chorizo Burgers
1/2 lbs ground pork
1/2 lbs ground beef [or any combination of one or the two]
1 tbsp bread crumbs [optional]
4 kaiser buns or hamburger buns
chorizo spice blend – recipe below
to garnish: guacamole, goat’s cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, form into 4 burgers, grill until cooked through.
Assemble burgers.

Roasted Tomato Salad
1 head lettuce
1 pint cherry tomatoes
herbs, such as chives or cilantro

Lime tabasco dressing
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4-1/2 tsp tabasco sauce, or to taste
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350F, cut tomatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper, roast for 15 minutes.
In a bowl mix together lime juice, olive oil, tabasco, salt and pepper.
To assemble salad, toss together the tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and dressing.

Chorizo Spice Blend

1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
pinch ground cloves
2 bay leaves [ground or crushed finely]
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 tbsp. Ancho chile powder OR substitute with a combination of
2 tbsp. paprika mixed with ½ tsp. cayenne powder OR
2 tbsp. paprika mixed with 1 tsp. red chili powder
* 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (can substitute with red wine vinegar)

Mix all ingredients in a container, store until ready to use.
When using, mix with vinegar and add to ground meat. [best to leave in refrigerator overnight, to let the flavours marry]
Or use as a dry rub or seasoning.

Chorizo Burgers with Roasted Tomato Salad Chorizo Burgers with Roasted Tomato Salad Chorizo Burgers with Roasted Tomato Salad

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