Bacon Queso Burgers

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Bacon Queso Burgers
  • 6Servings


Queso Sauce

  • 2 poblano chiles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar or smoked Gouda
  • 1 cup shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • 1 rounded tbsp. yellow mustard, preferably French's


  • 12 slices smoky bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, preferably Gebhardt
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 burger or kaiser rolls, or 12 slider rolls


  • Chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce, diced seeded tomatoes, chopped white onion, corn chips (preferably Fritos) or corn tortilla chips (preferably Xochitl) and pickled jalapeno rings


Working over a gas burner or under the broiler, char the poblanos, turning often, until blackened all over. Transfer to a bowl. Cover; let cool 15 minutes. Peel, seed and chop the poblanos.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees .

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cornstarch. Add the milk and cook, stirring often, until it comes to a bubble. Add the cream cheese; stir until it melts and the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Add the cheeses; stir until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in the mustard and poblanos; remove from the heat. Just before serving, reheat the queso over medium, stirring occasionally, until melted.

Arrange the bacon on a slotted broiler pan or a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned and crispy, about 20 minutes, then chop.

In a medium bowl, combine the sirloin, onion, Worcestershire and chili powder; season with kosher salt and pepper. Form into 6 burger patties or 12 slider patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking).

Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle pan over medium-high. Add the canola oil, one turn of the pan. Add the patties and cook, turning occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes for burgers or 2 to 3 minutes for sliders.

Top the bun bottoms with lettuce, tomato and chopped onion. Add the patties, chips, queso sauce, bacon bits, jalapeno rings and bun tops.