Seeing as how it’s National Burger Day, everyone should try their hand at making these Grilled Green Chili Antelope Cheeseburgers.
Now, if you can’t deal with the heat of the green chili’s, simply don’t use them. You may have someone in the family, like myself, that would prefer two chili’s on their burger instead of one. And as always, you can substitute this recipe with ground elk, ground venison or plain ground beef! ~Enjoy and Happy Burger Day!
Makes 6-7 Burgers
- 6 large green chilies
- 1 1/2 lbs ground antelope burger
- 1/4 lb italian mild pork sausage
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 6 slices Swiss Cheese
- 6 slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Kaiser Rolls
- Thousand Island Sauce – minus the relish (1/2 cup ketchup & 1/2 cup mayonnaise)
Heat grill and roast green chili’s until skin becomes charred. Remove from grill and place in a Ziploc bag for 10 minutes. When cooled, remove skin and seeds. Set aside. (NOTE: wear plastic gloves when removing skin and seeds otherwise you’ll find yourself tearing up all night over your meal!)
In a large bowl add antelope burger and italian mild pork sausage, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder. Mix all ingredients by hand and then form into patties. The sizes of the patties are up to you. I typically get 6-7 large patties out of this recipe. If you have time, let the meat rest and marinade for 15-30 minutes before cooking.
Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Place burgers in skillet and cook for approximately 6-7 minutes or until browned. (You may have to cook in batches unless you have 2 skillets.) When browned, turn burgers over and continue to cook. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add 1 green chili, 1 slice of Swiss cheese and 1 slice of Sharp cheddar cheese to the tops of the burgers. Cover with a piece of tinfoil to help melt cheese. Remove from heat.
Add the antelope cheeseburger to a toasted kaiser roll, top with a dollop of thousand island sauce and finish with a heaping pile of your favorite coleslaw. Be sure to grab a napkin otherwise you may find yourself licking your fingers clean. ~ Kristy