Delicious Sriracha and Cilantro Burgers is What's On the Menu Monday

At my home we love grilling - chicken, fish, burgers, steak, veggies, even fruit - anything we can think of, we grill. This weekend we had our family all over to watch March Madness and enjoy a BBQ. On the menu...delicious cilantro burgers served with Sriracha sauce and freshly squeezed lime. This is a delicious way to spice up your burgers!  If you're not a fan of cilantro, no problem, just use the Sriracha sauce.

Given that, however, what makes this so special is the combination of Sriracha sauce, cilantro and lime.  In addition, we love ours with pepper jack cheese.

The main sauce is made with mayonnaise and sriracha, which is seen above in the middle (darker).  The dish in front is ranch dressing mixed with sriracha for a sauce that is not quite as spicy, but we love the flavor of the main sauce much better.

For my family I make at least 12 burgers, but this recipe is for four. You can adjust this recipe according to your needs.  


Sriracha and Cilantro Burgers


1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Hamburger buns
1/3 cup cilantro sprigs
4 slices pepper jack cheese
1 lime, sliced
(see ingredients for sauces below)


Combine ground sirloin, chopped cilantro, salt and pepper in a bowl; mix just until combined. Divide mixture into 4 patties, gently shaping each into 1/2-inch-thick round patties.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill approximately 4 minutes. Carefully turn patties; grill 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. We love to add the pepper jack cheese to melt before removing from the grill.

My butcher makes beautiful thick patties and when I'm preparing for a large crowd I often buy his pre-packaged patties to save time and season only with a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper before grilling, rather than mixing my own ground beef.  There may also be a few who would prefer not having the cilantro. The burgers still taste wonderful with plain hamburger patties with the remaining toppings and sauce.

This is our favorite sauce:

Sriracha and Mayonnaise Sauce

3 Tablespoon real mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Sriracha

Stir together with a whisk

For a more mild sauce:

3 Tablespoons Ranch dressing
1 Tablespoon Sriracha, or less as desired

Stir together with a whisk

   Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture on bottom half of bun; top with 1 patty, pepper jack cheese, sprigs of cilantro and squeeze fresh lime over the cilantro.  If desired, we also add toppings you would normally enjoy on a hamburger, such as sliced red onion, avocado, and tomato. 

These are really delicious and a fun way to do something different at your next BBQ!

Have a great week!



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