Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fajita Burgers


Can I just tell you that I LOVED this burger? It was juicy, messy, tender, and full of flavor. Carl's Jr. isn't messing around when they say if it doesn't get all over the place it doesn't belong in your face. This was faster than making regular burgers, and I swear it tastes better. I had meant to use regular ground beef and then forgot to buy it at the store. I had some nice flank stake and decided to give it a go. Oh baby! My eyes have been opened to a whole new burger world of possibility! I did it all on the grill which gave it a nice smoky flavor. The next day I also tried a vegetarian version inside on the stove using black bean burgers instead of beef. Once again, it was delicious. I'm in love with these things. Good thing bell peppers are in season right now!


Ingredients

Marinade
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tablespoon worcestershire
1 clove garlic, minced
1.5 lbs flank steak, cut against the grain into 1/4 inch slices

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, halved and sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes


8 hamburger buns
16 slices pepperjack cheese
Sour Cream


Instructions 

1. Create the marinade for your flank steak. In a small bowl, combine together the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, worcestershire, and minced garlic. Put your flank steak strips in and let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. If using your grill, do the same but use a grill safe skillet. In a large bowl, toss together your onion, bell peppers, salt, cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes.   Saute until the vegetables are  tender crisp (7-10 minutes).  Remove the vegetables from the pan and transfer to a serving bowl, but keep the skillet hot. 

3. Return the skillet to high heat. Cook your flank steak in it for about 2-3 minutes, stirring throughout. If you are doing this on a grill the flames will jump up and lick the meat so watch your hands and face.

4. Compile your burgers on the bun with 1 slice of pepperjack cheese on bottom, flank steak, another slice of pepperjack, a heaping pile of peppers,  and a dollop of sour cream. Toast the buns for an extra nice touch. 


VEGETARIAN OPTION: Use black bean burgers in place of the flank steak. It's divine!

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