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Cheesy Loaded Nacho Burgers With Fresh Guacamole

I’ve loaded up our made from scratch beef burgers with crunchy nacho chips in this ultimate recipe for a Smashed Nacho Burger. Teeming with nacho cheese, jalapeno burger sauce, and salad. Everyone in the family will love this loaded burger special.

A hand is holding a nacho burger over the top of another one.

What Makes This Recipe Great!

  • Restaurant Quality – Indulgent burgers that rival many restaurants. With melty cheese, homemade burger sauce, guacamole and a big pile of tortilla chips.

  • The Perfect Patty- I’ll show you how to make a smashed burger patty with only few ingredients and some special techniques.

  • A Mexican Twist – I use a few special Mexican flavours to create a new take on a classic beef burger.

About This Recipe – In More Detail

Who doesn’t love a big pile of nachos? I love teaming crispy tortilla chips with Turkey Chilli Con Carne, Refreshing Guacamole and Nacho Cheese Sauce. But there’s more than one way to use nachos, just like these Nacho Chicken Bites and here is another great way; crispy, crunchy nacho cheeseburgers that the whole family will love!

Adding extra texture with crunchy tortillas and a Mexican twist to an average beef burger, I will show you how to make everything from scratch including the smashed burger patties, which is my personal favourite way to enjoy beef burgers.

You can use any flavour nachos you want, switch things up with some different flavoured Doritos and make your own flavour twist to suit your tastes. Comfort food at it’s finest that brings restaurant quality to your own kitchen.

Serve them up with some French Fries, Spicy Mac and Cheese and Crispy Corn Ribs on the side and you’re good to go!

A filled nacho burger next to an open one on a wooden board.

Equipment Needed

  • Large Bowl: Used to prepare the beef mince for burgers.
  • Baking Paper/Parchment Paper: Placed over each beef ball to prevent sticking when smashing into patties.
  • Frying Pan/Cast-Iron Skillet: For cooking the burgers.
  • Spatula or Press: Used to gently smash the beef balls into patties on the grill or grilling pan.
  • Toaster: Used for toasting burger buns if not using the grill.

Ingredients

A labelled photo of all the ingredients needed to make nacho burgers.
  • Beef Mince: To make my nacho burger smashed patties. Using a Mince that contains at least 12% fat will give you juicy patties filled with flavour.
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper: Used to season the beef mince.
  • Burger Buns: You can make your own hamburger buns or use store-bought ones like brioche burger buns.
  • American Cheese Slices: Adds a creamy, melty texture that we just love in our burgers.
  • Jalapeno Burger Sauce: A flavourful homemade sauce that is super quick to make and gives the burgers a spicy Mexican kick.
  • Guacamole: Provides a creamy and rich texture, you can make your own or use store-bought guacamole.
  • Nachos: Corn tortilla chips add a crunchy texture and flavour. You can use plain or flavoured tortillas like Doritos.
  • Shredded Lettuce: Offers a crisp and fresh contrast to the other ingredients in the burger. I am using Little Gem lettuce in our recipe but you can also use Iceberg lettuce or salad leaves.

Substitutions And Additions

Substitutions:

  • Beef Mince (12% Fat): Leaner ground beef mince can be used for a healthier option, but it may result in slightly less juiciness.
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper: Experiment with different seasoning blends or add spices like paprika or cayenne for extra heat.
  • Guacamole: You can use simple sliced avocado tossed in lime juice instead.
  • Burger Buns: Whole wheat buns or a brioche bun can be chosen for a different flavour and texture.
  • American Cheese Slices: Cheddar cheese, Swiss, Mexicana or pepper jack cheese can be used for alternative flavours.

Additions:

  • Black Beans: Add a sprinkling of black beans or refried beans will work well with the other flavours.
  • Pico De Gallo: A refreshing Mexican salsa makes a delicious addition.
  • Sour Cream: Add a dollop of Sour cream for extra creaminess.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can add some smoky BBQ sauce to the burger in addition to the burger sauce or to replace it.
  • Chilli Powder: If you want your burger patty a little spicy, add some chilli powder in with the seasoning to suit your tastes.

Step-By-Step Guide – How To Make Nacho Burgers

Step 1: Preheat Grill or Grilling Pan

  • Preheat your grill or stovetop grilling pan over a medium-high heat.

Step 2: Season and Mix Beef Mince

  • Place the beef mince into a large bowl.
  • Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Gently mix the seasoning into the meat, being careful not to over-handle it.
Overhead view of beef mince with salt and pepper on top in a glass bowl.
Two hands are gently mixing seasoning into beef mince inside a glass bowl.

Step 3: Divide and Shape Patties

  • Divide the seasoned beef into four equal portions.
  • Gently shape each portion into a loose ball, ensuring it’s not packed too tightly.
Two hands are shaping beef mince into balls.
A hand is holding a plate of four balls of beef mince.

Step 4: Cook Patties

  • Place the beef balls into the pan.
  • Put a square of baking paper over each one and use a spatula or press to gently smash it into a patty.
  • Create a thumbprint in the middle of each patty before removing the paper.
  • Cook the patties on the grill or grilling pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
A hand is placing a beef ball into a hot frying pan.
A hand is using a spatula to press a beef ball into a patty with a piece of baking paper underneath the spatula.
A hand is pressing a thumbprint into a beef patty that is covered with baking paper.
A hand is using a spatula o flip a burger patty in a frying pan.

Step 5: Toast Burger Buns

  • While the burgers are cooking, split the burger buns and toast them on the grill or in a toaster until golden brown.

Step 6: Melt Cheese

  • In the last minute of cooking, place a slice of American cheese on each burger patty to melt. Turn off the heat and cover the pan to allow the cheese to melt further and the burgers to rest. 
A hand is placing a slice of American cheese on top of a cooked burger patty in a frying pan.

Step 7: Assemble Nacho Burgers

  • Spread a tablespoon of jalapeno burger sauce on the bottom half of each toasted bun.
  • Place a cheese-covered beef patty on top of the sauce.
  • Spoon a dollop of guacamole over the beef patty and sprinkle crushed nachos on top.
  • Add a handful of shredded lettuce on top of the nachos.
  • Place the top half of the toasted bun on the lettuce to complete the nacho burger assembly.
A hand is spreading one half of a burger bun with burger sauce.
A hand is using a spatula to place a burger patty on top of a burger bun half.
A hand is spooning guacamole on top of a burger patty.
A hand is placing nachos on top of the other ingredients inside a burger bun.

Step 8: Repeat and Serve

  • Repeat these steps for the remaining burgers.
  • Serve the nacho burgers immediately.
A hand is placing the top half of a burger bun on top of a filled nacho burger.

FAQ

Can I use leaner beef mince for the nacho burgers?

While at least a 12% fat beef mince is recommended for juiciness, leaner options can be used, but the burgers might be less moist.

Can I skip toasting the burger buns?

Toasting isn’t essential but it does help the burgers from getting soggy when you come to assemble them.

Should I use seasoned or unseasoned nachos?

Either works, but seasoned nachos can add extra flavour to the burgers. You can also used flavoured chips too!


Pro Tips and Guidance

  • Handle Meat Minimally: When forming the beef patties, gentle shaping is key. Avoid overhandling the meat as it can make it dense and ruin the texture of the beef patty.
  • Layering Technique: Assemble the burger in layering – sauce on the bottom bun, followed by the patty, cheese, guacamole, crushed nachos, and shredded lettuce on top. This help prevent the base from becoming soggy.
  • Hot Pan: For that signature sear to the beef patties, ensure the pan is very hot before adding the meat and smashing into burgers. A hot cooking surface will also ensure the patties remain juicy.

A completed nacho burger on a wooden board next to an open one. The burgers are surrounded by filling ingredients.

Storage

Storage: Store the components of the nacho burger separately. Keep the burger buns in a cool, dry place, and refrigerate the nacho toppings, including guacamole, shredded lettuce, and jalapeno burger sauce in airtight containers. Cooked beef patties can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Freezing: The uncooked beef patties can be shaped into loose balls and frozen on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag for storage.

Defrosting: Allow frozen beef patties to defrost in the fridge before cooking.

Reheating: To reheat chilled beef patties. Cook on a grill or stovetop grilling pan until heated through.


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Cheesy Loaded Nacho Burgers With Fresh Guacamole

5 from 3 votes
A delicious burger filled with a smashed patty, spicy burger sauce and guacamole. All topped with crispy nachos. The whole family will absolutely love this juicy burger.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 558kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill or stovetop grilling pan.
  • Place the 12% fat beef mince into a large bowl. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Gently mix the seasoning into the meat, being careful not to over-handle it.
  • Divide the seasoned beef into four equal portions. Be mindful not to over-handle the beef; gently shape each portion into a loose ball, ensuring it's not packed too tightly.
  • Place the beef balls into the pan and place a square of baking paper over each one before using a spatula or press to gently smash it into a patty. Create a thumbprint in the middle of each patty before removing the paper.
  • Cook the patties on the grill or grilling pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  • While the burgers are cooking, split the burger buns and toast them on the grill or in a toaster until golden brown.
  • In the last minute of cooking, place a slice of American cheese on each burger patty to melt.
  • Assemble the nacho burgers: Spread a tablespoon of jalapeno burger sauce on the bottom half of each toasted bun. Place a cheese-covered beef patty on top of the sauce.
  • Spoon a dollop of guacamole over the beef patty and sprinkle crushed nachos on top.
  • Add a handful of shredded lettuce on top of the nachos.
  • Place the top half of the toasted bun on the lettuce to complete the nacho burger assembly.
  • Repeat these steps for the remaining burgers.
  • Serve the nacho burgers immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Handle Meat Minimally: Gently shape beef patties to avoid density and preserve texture; minimize handling.
  • Layering Technique: Layer burger components for optimal texture – sauce, patty, cheese, guacamole, crushed nachos, lettuce on top to prevent bun sogginess.
  • Hot Pan: Preheat pan thoroughly for signature sear on beef patties; hot surface maintains juiciness.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 822mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 5mg

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