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Nacho Burgers

A juicy burger loaded with all your favorite nacho toppings- guacamole, pico de gallo, and a spicy queso.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1 pound ground chuck or you can use a leaner ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 buns
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • handful of blue tortilla chips, crushed
  • pickled jalapenos, optional


  • 1 large avocado, pit removed and flesh scooped out
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 a small jalapeno, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Pico de Gallo

  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 (16-ounce) block of Velveeta cheese
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chili, no beans
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Make the guacamole. Place the avocado in a small bowl and mash well with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
  • Make pico de gallo. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
  • Make Queso sauce. Cut velveeta cheese into small chunks (so it will melt faster) and place in a medium saucepan with the other queso ingredients. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese melts. Reduce heat and let mixture simmer 15 minutes.
  • Heat a gas grill or grill pan over medium heat. Season the ground chuck with salt, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Shape into 4 patties. Cook for approximately 5 minutes per side or until desired degree of doneness.
  • To assemble, place lettuce on bottom bun half, topped by guacamole and a burger patty. Ladle with queso. Add pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos (if desired) and crushed tortilla chips and top with other half of bun.