Sunny Anderson's Loaded Nacho Burger

Sunny Anderson Loaded Nacho Burger
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  • 4Servings


  • 4 tablespoons nacho cheese dip (jarred queso)
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin (85% lean)
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, then chopped
  • 1/4 cup drained canned diced green chilies
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • 4 slices pepper jack
  • 6 - 8 very thin slices red onion
  • 2 small avocados, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves


Place a sheet of plastic wrap over an ice cube tray. Scoop 1 tbsp. cheese dip into 4 of the wells. Cover and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Lift the plastic from the tray. Flatten each cube into a 1 1/2-inch disk and return to freezer.

Heat a griddle pan, a large, heavy skillet or a grill over medium-high. In a large bowl, gently mix the ground beef, bacon, chilies, kosher salt, cumin and a few grinds of pepper; form into 4 balls. Press your thumb into the center of each ball, creating a large indentation; press 1 cheese disk into each. Shape the beef mixture around the cheese disk; pinch to seal. Flatten to form 3/4-inch-thick patties. Cook right away, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Squeeze lime wedges over the patties.

Divide the pepper jack among the bun bottoms. Add the patties, onion, avocado, cilantro and bun tops.