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Spicy Poblano Burgers with Chipotle Cream

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Servings: 4
Author: CJ


Burger Preparation

  • 2 poblano chiles
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat milk
  • 1 slice of white bread crusts removed (torn into small pieces)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground sirloin

Cream Sauce Preparation

  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns (toasted, if preferred)
  • Cooking spray


Burger Preparation

  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Place the poblano chiles on a baking sheet and broil for roughly 8 minutes (or until blackened), turning after 6 minutes. Place the chiles in a zip-top plastic bag and seal. Let chiles stand for 15 minutes. Remove chiles and peel the chiles, discarding the seeds and membranes. Finely chop and set aside.
  • Add milk and bread to a large bowl and mash bread and milk together with a fork until smooth. Add the poblano chile, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the chopped cilantro, cumin, coriander, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and beef and mix well. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press an indentation into the center of each patty. Cover and chill until ready to grill.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high to high heat.

Cream Sauce Sauce Preparation

  • Add cilantro, salt, and black pepper into a medium-sized bowl. Stir in sour cream, shallots, and lime juice.
  • Chop 1-3 chipotle peppers and add chopped peppers and 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce into the sour cream mixture and mix well. Cover, chill and set aside until ready to serve.


  • Place hamburger patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill for roughly 3 minutes or until grill marks appear. Patties will be moist ~ so carefully flip patties and grill an additional 3-5 minutes or until desired degree of done-ness.
  • Put a patty on each bun and top each serving with desired amount of chipotle cream.


Use one (7-ounce) can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. You will have quite a bit left over to use in another recipe! We like very spicy food, so we use at least 3 chipotle peppers. Start by adding 1 chipotle pepper, do a taste test of the chipotle cream sauce and add additional chipotles to meet to your personal taste preference.