¼ cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 package McCormick Grill Mates Smoky Ranchero Marinade, divided
2 ripe avocados
¼ cup crumbled Cotija cheese (may substitute shredded Mexican cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese)
¼ cup diced tomato
1 pound 80 percent lean ground beef
4 Kaiser rolls
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Southwestern Smoky Ranchero Burger with Grilled Avocado
Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
For the lime mayonnaise, mix mayonnaise, lime juice and 1 tsp. of the marinade mix in a small bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the stuffed avocado, halve and seed avocados. Carefully remove peel, leaving each half intact. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Mix cheese and tomato. Set aside.
For the burgers, mix ground beef and remaining marinade mix until well blended. Shape into four patties. Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through (internal temperature of 160ºF). Grill avocado halves, cut-sides down, 30 seconds.
Turn over avocados. Place 2 Tbsp. of cheese mixture into each avocado half. Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired. Grill 4 to 5 minutes. Toast rolls on the grill, open-side down, about 30 seconds.
Serve burgers on rolls topped with stuffed avocados and onion slices. Press roll gently to smash the stuffed avocado. Serve with lime mayonnaise.
Nutrition per serving: 650 calories, 45 g carbohydrates, 30 g protein, 39 g fat (10 g saturated), 82 mg cholesterol, 1323 mg sodium, 8 g fiber
Used with permission from McCormick.
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