Fajita Burgers

Two classic dishes come together in this epic dinner. Chili powder and cumin—aka, classic Tex-Mex spices—flavor the patties, which are then topped with sautéed bell peppers and onions. A quick avocado spread adds creaminess and flavor. For a cheeseburger, try slices of pepper Jack atop the patties, or tuck some cotija into the center of each patty before cooking. Though the fajita burgers are filling as is, a side salad of romaine with a lime vinaigrette would be welcome, as would a dish of queso and chips.

Fajita Burgers Recipe
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon neutral oil, such as canola

  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 avocado

  • 5 tablespoons store-bought tomatillo salsa or salsa verde

  • 4 hamburger buns

  • cup pickled jalapeño slices (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add onion, bell pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened and lightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Do not wipe skillet clean.

  2. Place beef, chili powder, cumin, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Using your hands, gently mix together to combine. Shape into 4 (1 inch thick) patties.

  3. Add beef patties to skillet over medium-high. Cook, flipping once, until desired level of doneness, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium.

  4. Mash avocado in a small bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon salsa. Divide avocado mixture among bottom halves of buns. Top with burgers, onion mixture, remaining salsa, and, if desired, pickled jalapeños.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

31g Fat
36g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1127mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 40g

*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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