Hot Pepper Garlic Chorizo Cheeseburger

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    You're going to want to sink your teeth into these hot pepper garlic chorizo cheeseburgers!!

    Weekends are already short enough and when you have to work on a Saturday, your weekend is even shorter. Thankfully, this weekend wasn’t a super nice spring weekend so I didn’t feel like I missed out on too much. I can’t believe how cold it was and I also can’t believe that there were places further north that got SNOW! That stinks!

    Thankfully, I’m headed to LA tomorrow which means the land of the best weather and abundant sunshine! I cannot wait! Stay tuned for what I’m there for. It’s pretty exciting and I can’t wait to share. Follow along on Instagram and Snapchat to get a peek before it makes it on the blog! ;)

    You're going to want to sink your teeth into these hot pepper garlic chorizo cheeseburgers!!

    So you know how California is known for their In-N-Out? Like everyone is obsessed with it and it’s the thing to do when you’re visiting to get it right after you get out of the airport? Well, I’m sorry to say this but I really don’t get the hype. Their fries taste like cardboard. I mean, I’ve never tasted cardboard myself but if the fries look dry, hard, and pale, it’s safe to say it kind of resembles cardboard. The burgers aren’t even that good, even if it’s animal style.

    Okay, I’ll stop railing on In-N-Out now. Let’s talk Shake Shack. I feel that Shake Shack is on a whole different level and you can’t even compare the two. They actually have awesome tasty burgers and their fries are always extra crispy and hot and who doesn’t love crinkle fries??

    You're going to want to sink your teeth into these hot pepper garlic chorizo cheeseburgers!!

    My favorite burger to get at Shake Shack is their Smoke Shack, which is topped with hot peppers, cheese, and bacon. Well, I decided that I would (accidentally) omit the bacon and mix the ground beef with ground chorizo and make this already spicy burger a little spicier. Anyway, just your average burger totally transformed! Sink your teeth into this hot pepper garlic chorizo cheeseburger! (Btw, I was not sponsored by Shake Shack for this post.)

    Hot Pepper Garlic Chorizo Cheeseburger

    You're going to want to sink your teeth into these hot pepper garlic chorizo cheeseburgers!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
    Calories: 523kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/2 pound ground beef
    • 1/2 pound fresh chorizo sausage, casings removed
    • 1 cup of freshly shredded colby jack cheese
    • Hot pepper garlic sauce, for topping
    • Salt, to taste
    • Brioche buns


    • In a medium sized bowl, gently mix together meats with your hands, careful not to overwork it. Form into thin patties and set aside.
    • Heat up a cast iron skillet (or outdoor grill) to medium high heat. Once the skillet is hot, place the patty on the skillet and brown both sides then turn the heat down to medium low and cook until desired doneness.
    • To assemble the burgers: place patty on the bottom of a brioche bun, top with cheese and hot pepper garlic sauce. Season with salt, to taste.


    Feel free to add bacon to this burger and serve with fries or your favorite side :)
    Nutrition Facts
    Hot Pepper Garlic Chorizo Cheeseburger
    Amount Per Serving (1 Burger)
    Calories 523 Calories from Fat 261
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 29g45%
    Carbohydrates 38g13%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 29g58%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Confession: I do love me some In-N-Out BUT I have never tried Shake Shack. That needs to change ASAP. Have a blast in Cali!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oh my goodness these look absolutely amazing Julie!!

  • Annie says:

    What a clever twist on burgers! This looks awesome!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    You have no idea how bad I want this burger!!! Also, I have never had Shake Shack before. Clearly that needs to change!

  • Maria says:

    Josh would go crazy for this cheeseburger!!

  • Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says:

    As if I needed another reason to crave burgers! This sounds really good, thanks for sharing!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I have to say- those look AMAZING!!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Looking at these makes me totally excited for grill season!

  • Nancy says:

    I totally agree with you on In-N-Out!! I don’t know what changed in their recipe but it is nothing like what I had while growing up in Cali. I had Shake Shack for the first time in Manhattan last summer…DEEEEE-LISHHHH!!!

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    These look amazing! I am so ready for grilling season. P.s. don’t worry, LA now has shake shack too :)

  • Haley @ Hi-Line Healthy says:

    I love In-N-Out burger and it’s always a special treat for my family when we travel from MT to CA, but I have heard great things about the shake shack. I’ll have to add that to my list of places to eat when I travel there next.

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    These cheeseburgers would be gone in 60 seconds at my house!

  • Layla | Gimme Delicious Food says:

    Yum this sounds like a great flavor combo! I just love how you displayed these burgers, what a great way to serve them!

  • Mie says:

    What’s an alternative for the Hot pepper garlic sauce? Anything we can make at home instead?

    • Julie says:

      You could try it with just garlic and some dried red chilies and vegetable oil all mixed together.

  • annie says:

    hi, what kind of hot pepper garlic sauce did you use? is it the asian one? in the tall red bottle, sweet chili sauce?

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