Spicy Southwest Ranch Burgers


redbThis is probably one of the best burgers I have ever made.  I actually think it is better than the Animal Style burger I did a few months back.  If you like spicy, then you will devour these burgers.  Trust me.  These will now be a regular meal each month at our house.  Each bite is a mini fiesta in your mouth!  🙂

These are the PERFECT way to get spring time started!  Try these burgers out at a backyard grilling party!  If you don’t like spicy, leave out the jalapenos and chili powder!  You still get a great burger without the spice!

I was quite the busy little red bird this weekend.  I made homemade mayo, Borracho beans, canned pepper jelly, crusty bread, and whipped these tasty burgers up!  Let’s just say the dishwasher has been working over time this weekend.  AKA the hubby and pup.  🙂  Thank you boys!


-1 lb ground beef or venison

-1 ranch dressing mix packet

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp chili powder

-1/2 tsp black pepper

-1/4 cup fresh cilantro (optional,  I see you out there anti-cilantro movement folks)  😛

-1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

-1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

-1 tbsp jarred jalapenos, finely diced, HOT



– Fresh mayo

– Romaine

-Fresh cilantro

-Claussen Sandwich Pickles

-Sharp cheddar or pepper jack

-Sliced onion

-Sliced tomato

-Bakery hamburger buns, or Slider buns


Fresh mayo. You just can’t beat it. 😉 Actually you have to beat it with a whisk for like 20 minutes! 🙂



In a large bowl, combine the meat, spices, onions, bell pepper, onion, and ranch packet by hand.

Create 4 regular size patties OR 8 slider patties.

Set the patties on a plate and freeze for about 14 minutes.  This will help them keep their shape.

Cook on the grill or in a skillet until well done.

Top your burgers with cheese and cover with foil to keep warm while you do the buns.

Spread butter on the insides of each bun and toast in a skillet until extra crispy!

Build your burgers and enjoy!




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