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Poblano Burger

Ahhh, the sexy Poblano Burger. The perfect addition to your Memorial Day BBQ. Inspired by flavors of the Southwest, this burger is topped in a luscious green chile queso layered with thick cut smokey bacon, fire roasted poblano peppers and pickled red onions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizza
Keyword: Burger, Memorial Day Recipes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb ground sirloin formed into 4 patties
  • 4 pretzel or brioche hamburger buns gently toasted
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon cooked
  • 4 poblano peppers fire roasted, skin and seeds removed

Green Chile Queso

  • 1/4 cup butter half a stick
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cup sharp white cheddar such as Tillamook
  • 1 4 oz can of fire roasted green chiles

Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 small red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


Pickled Red Onions

  • Make these before you do anything else because they need to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Place very thinly sliced red onions in a bowl. Stir together remaining ingredients and pour over onions. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Green Chile Queso

  • Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir flour into melted butter and cook, stirring continuously, for about 2 minutes. Add milk and continue to stir as the mixture starts to thicken. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir to combine. Add fire roasted green chile peppers. Keep warm on very low heat until ready to use.


  • Prepare grill. If using charcoal, wait until coals turn grey before cooking.
  • Season burger patties with salt and pepper. Drizzle with vegetable oil.
  • Grill until desired doneness (145 degrees to 160 degrees)

Prepare Burgers

  • Smear the bottom bun with a spoonful of queso. Top with burger patty, then poblano, bacon and more queso. Cover with pickled red onions and top bun.


How to roast a poblano:  Place whole poblano on sheet pan and under broiler until charred on all sides.  Remove from broiler to a covered bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.  This allows the skin to "steam" off the flesh of the poblano.  Remove from bowl and peel skin off, remove stem and seeds from inside of the poblano.
Cooking bacon:  Place strips of bacon on two paper towels, cover with another two paper towels.  Place in microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.