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Chorizo Beef Burger with Crispy Onion Straws

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This chorizo beef burger with crispy onion straws is the perfect big mouth burger. Topped with bbq fry sauce, candied jalapeños and American cheese. 

Burgers are my jam. During the summer I make them all the time but I stick to the more typical grilled burger. You know the one – grilled with cheese and then topped with lettuce, onion and tomatoes.

But it’s fall now and it’s time to bust out of that easy summer burger mode. Now it’s time to get crazy and give our burgers a little more zing. Lately I have been obsessed with chorizo (I’m really not kidding. OBSESSED!) so I wanted to make a burger that gave me the rich fattiness of beef but with the spicy flavor of chorizo. So that means I took them both and gave them a big ol’ mix. That’s right. This burger is 50% ground beef and 50% flavor packed chorizo. I may have also added in a little diced onion and shredded Land O Lakes Deli American because I’m a rebel like that.

I could have stopped there but let’s not be silly. I decided to go all out and create a BBQ fry sauce, PLUS spicy crispy fried onion straws AND then I topped it all with sweet and spicy candied jalapeños.

Seriously this burger is so packed full of flavor you will go crazy. If you’re a rational person you would simply take a bun, add a cheesy-topped burger patty and then add on the toppings. BUT we have already established this burger is not even close to rational so you should probably double that patty up and make this burger extreme.

Doooooooooooo it!

Also don’t get overwhelmed on what type of cheese to use. The choice is simple – Land O Lakes Deli American. This is the cheese of my childhood. My mom and I would go into the store together and rush to get to the deli counter to grab a number. Lines were always intense (especially on Sunday nights!) so it was important to get your number and be ready to yell your order when it was time. Since I was the lucky one in charge of helping my mom grocery shop I got to be the one to pick out the cheese for week. Of course I was a kid of great choice so I picked white American cheese not only is great on sandwiches it rocks on burgers and as a sneaky midnight cheesy snack.

Looking for more burger recipes? Try my chicken souvlaki burger, smoked blue cheese patty melt or my open faced bbq chicken burger.

Chorizo Beef Burger with Crispy Onion Straws

This chorizo beef burger with crispy onion straws is the perfect big mouth burger. Topped with bbq fry sauce, candied jalapeños and American cheese.

Yield: 4 burgers

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


For burgers:

  • 3/4 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 3/4 pound fresh chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • ½ cup small diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded Land O Lakes Deli American
  • 8 slices Land O Lakes Deli American
  • 4 pretzel buns
  • BBQ fry sauce
  • Candied jalapenos
  • Onion straws

For onion straws:

  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups peanut oil

For bbq fry sauce:

  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise


For burger:
Mix ground beef, chorizo, diced onion and shredded cheese and form 8 burger patties.

Grill or fry until desired doneness and top each burger with 1 slice Deli American and let slightly melt.

Spread bbq fry sauce on the top and bottom of your buns. Assemble your burger in the following order: burger patty, onion straws, candied jalapenos, burger patty onions straws and candied jalapenos.

For onion straws:
Place thinly sliced onions in an 8x8 dish and top with buttermilk and hot sauce. Stir to combine and let sit for at least an hour.

In another dish mix together flour, pepper, paprika and kosher salt, set aside.

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven add oil and heat until 375 degrees. Keep any eye on the heat and try to keep it steady at 375. It’s ok if the heat drops a little right after you add the onions but it should bounce back.

In several batches take a little of the onions out of the buttermilk and toss in the flour mixture to coat.

Drop in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain any remaining grease. Continue until all the onions have been fried.

For BBQ fry sauce:
Whisk together until smooth.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes but as always all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.