Tortas Hamburguesas (Mexican Hamburgers)


Spice up burger night with this Mexican burger recipe. Cilantro, avocado, and a spicy sauce give this Mexican hamburger a hint of south of the border flair.

Tortas Hamburguesas (Mexican Hamburgers)
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
4 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
59 mins
6 tortas


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ¼ pound ground beef chuck

  • 6 1 ounce slices Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño chile peppers

  • ½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 6 hoagie rolls or other soft buns, split and toasted

  • 2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced

  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

  • 3 cup shredded lettuce

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs

  • Pickled jalapeño chile pepper slices (optional)

  • Bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)


  1. In a food processor combine bacon, onion, and garlic. Cover and pulse with several on/off turns until finely chopped. Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until bacon is completely cooked but not crispy, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Let bacon cool completely.

  2. In a large bowl stir together ground beef, bacon mixture (including drippings), the snipped cilantro, the lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Divide meat mixture into six portions. Shape each portion into a thin oblong patty slightly larger than the circumference of a hoagie roll. Cover and refrigerate patties for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

  3. In a grill pan or an extra-large skillet cook patties over medium-high heat for 4 to 6 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Remove from heat. Top each patty with a slice of the cheese.

  4. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, ketchup, and smoked paprika. Generously spread sauce onto cut sides of the hoagie rolls. Layer hoagie roll bottoms with meat patties, avocados, tomatoes, lettuce, and cilantro sprigs. If desired, top with pickled jalapeño chile peppers and/or hot pepper sauce. Top with hoagie roll tops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

843 Calories
48g Fat
65g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 843
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1476mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 21.3mg 107%
Calcium 454.4mg 35%
Iron 6.1mg 34%
Potassium 929mg 20%
Folate, total 193.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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