Cilantro Chimichurri Burger*

Labor Day Weekend may be over, but in Florida we grill all year. I have been eating so many burgers lately that it is bordering on an addiction. I love how cheap ground sirloin is and how many ways you can dress up a burger. I have been getting lots of inspiration lately from Shawnda and can’t wait to try out her Stuffed Hatch Chile Cheeseburger. Holy Yum!

But until I can find some hatch chilies here in Florida, Jorge and I whipped up some Cilantro Chimichurri Burgers. These really are the prefect quick weeknight meal! You can make your chimichurri on Sunday and store it until it’s burger night. And bake up some Alexia Sweet Potato Waffle Fries for a delicious, easy side. Then dinner takes all of about 15 minutes of work. Score! :)


Cilantro Chimichurri Burger

Yield: 4 burgers

Recipe Note: A traditional chimichurri is not pureed, but instead all the ingredients are finely minced. However I am lazy and it tastes the same if it's pureed. ;-)


Cilantro Chimichurri:
3 cloves garlic
1 large shallot
1 heaping cup cilantro
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1.5 lbs ground sirloin
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup minced yellow onion
4 hamburger buns
4 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled


Cilantro Chimichurri:

In a food processor, puree garlic and shallot until finely minced. Toss in cilantro, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and red pepper flakes. Pulse a few times until cilantro is minced and a paste forms. Remove from food processor and set aside.


Heat grill to medium-high heat. Or use a grill pan (or even a non-stick saute pan) over medium-high heat.

In a large bowl mix together ground sirloin, worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, black pepper and onion. Divide into 4 equal parts and form into hamburger patties.

Grill patties for 4 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness. Remove from grill and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest 3 minutes.

Assemble hamburgers with buns and top with a healthy smear of cilantro chimichurri and cotija cheese.

Starting today I am working with Alexia Foods as a Tastemaker. What does that mean? Over the next few months I am going to share some fun recipes, giveaways and have started a pinterest board sharing recipes and pairings for Alexia products!

If you are as big a fan as I am, Alexia is also looking for 5 additional Tastemakers from September 4th through the end of the month. Make sure to stop by their Facebook page to apply!

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22 Responses to “Cilantro Chimichurri Burger”

  1. 1

    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 4, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    I love chimmichuri, its so awesome on any meat and these burgers look so good! Alexia has the best onion rings ever, just sayin’

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 4, 2012 @ 2:51 am

    AMAZING burger! I haven’t had chimmichuri in forever!

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    Sues — September 4, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    That’s one BEAUTIFUL burger (and the flavors sound out of this world, too!). I can’t grill year-round at my apartment building, which makes me insanely jealous of your Florida living (grill pan to the rescue??)! :)

    • Jessica replied: — September 4th, 2012 @ 11:34 am

      I would totally cheat and do it anyways haha! We were in an apartment a year ago that had a rule against grilling on the patios…I did it all.the.time. ;-)

  4. 4

    Joanne — September 4, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I’m definitely loving the idea of chimichurri on a burger! I just wish we could grill here in the northeast all year long.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 4, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Yum!! These look amazing. All of this looks amazing. Congrats on the partnership, sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — September 4, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    We eat loads of burgers in our house! I love that burgers are so filling, easy and cheap to make and versatile. Will totally try this one on our next burger night!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — September 4, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    You had me at cilantro!

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    Stephanie — September 4, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Endless possibilities for burgers! This one looks great. Especially the sweet potato waffle fries!

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    addie @ culicurious — September 4, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    i love burgers and this one looks great! :) definitely putting it on my to cook list

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 4, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Thiiiiiiis is pretty much a wet dream for me.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 4, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    Yum. Cilantro!! And CONGRATS on the book! That is so exciting!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 4, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    I love cilantro, what a perfect topping!

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    Anna Davidoff — September 4, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Never thought of putting chimishurri on a burger but this burger looks amazing and I’m so excited to try it soon! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Cassie — September 6, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I love chimichurri. Perfect idea to add to a burger!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 7, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    These burgers look amazing!

    (And we love Alexia sweet potato fries. Whoo hoo on your partnership!)

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    cristopt — September 9, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Perfect idea to add to a burger!….
    l iove it

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    Debra — September 21, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    :P drooling…

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 27, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    Whhyyy oh why am I so far behind – this beauty has escaped me for far too long!! Mama!!

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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — September 28, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Oh my amazingness! I can practically taste this through my screen! One word: YUM!

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