Loaded Taco Burger

Do you love tacos and hamburgers?  Loaded Taco Burgers are a great way to put an easy twist on a classic grilled meal.  Ground meat plus four ingredients make an easy meal everyone will love!

This post is part of a sweet burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore but the amazing burger recipe is all my own!

Grilled Loaded Taco Burgers with toasted bun, lettuce, onion and Doritos

Taco Burger

We LOVE our easy recipe for the Best Taco Meatloaf, so when I was invited to participate in Burger Month 2019 I knew that I had to work on converting the meatloaf recipe into a burger recipe.  The easiest way to do this is to take a few ingredients out of the meat mixture and add them to the top of the burgers when they are done grilling.

Taco Burgers combine equal parts ground pork and ground beef for more flavor.  The ground pork can also help make the meal more economical.  Doritos are crushed up and used to help bind the meat together.  Taco seasoning adds a great flavor.

Shredded cheese and salsa can be mixed into the ground meat, but I’ve found that it is easier to add the salsa and cheese to the top when the burgers are done cooking.  The salsa will likely run over the edges giving the burger a reddish look, but use a meat thermometer to determine that your burgers are properly cooked.

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Taco Burgers on serving plates on beige placemat

Burger Month 2019

A shout out to Kita Roberts of Girl Carnivore for all of her work to organize Burger Month and The Spiffy Cookie for the invitation to join the party!  There are amazing giveaways going on at Burger Month for the entire month of May, so be sure to follow along!

Burger Month 2019 by Girl Carnivore

How Do You Keep Burgers Moist

The biggest grilling mistake that will dry out a burger in a hurry is flattening it with your spatula.  If you like to keep burgers moist do NOT flatten your patty of ground meat during the cooking process.  This action presses out those beautiful juices right onto the open flame.

A key is to flatten the patty ahead of time and make a divet in the center of the uncooked patty with your thumb.  As the meat cooks the burger will puff up a little and fill in that divet.  No flattening needed while grilling!

Another one of my pillars for success in the kitchen is the reminder to ALWAYS use a digital meat thermometer.  Ground meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF.  Let meat rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow juices to redistribute more evenly.  Overcooking meat is a crime and is an easy way to draw the moisture out!

Only flip burgers one time.  Should burgers have the desired finished look on the outside before the center is 160ºF place burgers on a layer of foil to prevent burning.

Last year I was asked to share some tips for grilling burgers on the local news so I did quite a bit of research on how to keep burgers moist. 

taco burgers, vegetables and buns on a gas grill

Where to Buy Ground Meat

We are farmers and we raise both pigs and cattle.  We typically get beef processed once or twice a year as needed.  In the past decade or so it has been cheaper to buy pork at the grocery store than it is to pay to have your own animal processed.

I’ve had the opportunity to tour several larger processing plants and I can clearly see that bigger plants when managed well can be more efficient.  Efficiency means lower costs.  The meat processing business is very competitive which is good for the consumers.

I know that when you buy meat at a local processor or the grocery store you are still supporting farm families like mine across the United States.

Loaded Taco Burgers with lettuce and doritos.

What Should I Serve With Hamburgers

Our family loves grilling vegetables along with any meat that we grill.  Vegetables can be grilled directly on the grates, but they take more attention and can fall through the grates easily.  A grill basket like this makes my life MUCH easier.  $15 to decrease hassle and increase vegetable intake is winning in my life!

When we make plain burgers this Homemade Burger Sauce adds so much flavor!

We love bringing potato dishes to potlucks or grill outs.

Easy desserts also taste great with grilled hamburgers.  Here are a few easy desserts that we enjoy in the summer:

There are some amazing prizes, so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!
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A huge thanks to the #BurgerMonth sponsors for the Ultimate Burger Grilling Giveaway:  Cabot Cheese, Char-Griller Grills, Porter Road, Melissas Produce, Spiceology, &  Western BBQ

Printable Taco Burger Recipe

Loaded Taco Burger

Loaded Taco Burgers

Servings 6 sliders
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Do you love tacos and hamburgers?  Taco Burgers are a great way to put an easy twist on a classic grilled meal.  Ground meat plus four ingredients make an easy meal everyone will love!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup crushed Doritos
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 6 slices quality cheese

Instructions
 

  • Mix ground meats, taco seasoning and crushed Doritos well.  Form about 6 slider sized patties.  Make a divet or dent in the center of each patty.
  • Pre-heat grill, then turn down to medium high heat for grilling the burgers.

Notes

The biggest grilling mistake that will dry out a burger in a hurry is flattening it with your spatula.  If you like to keep burgers moist do NOT flatten your patty of ground meat during the cooking process.  This action presses out those beautiful juices right onto the open flame.
A key is to flatten the patty ahead of time and make a divet in the center of the uncooked patty with your thumb.  As the meat cooks the burger will puff up a little and fill in that divet.  No flattening needed while grilling!
Another one of my pillars for success in the kitchen is the reminder to ALWAYS use a digital meat thermometer.  Ground meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF.  Let meat rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow juices to redistribute more evenly.  Over cooking meat is a crime and as easy way to draw the moisture out!
Only flip burgers one time.  Should burgers have the desired finished look on the outside before the center is 160ºF place burgers on a layer of foil to prevent burning.

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 29gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 612mgPotassium: 475mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 424IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 270mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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The biggest grilling mistake that will dry out a burger in a hurry is flattening it with your spatula.  If you like to keep burgers moist do NOT flatten your patty of ground meat during the cooking process.  This action presses out those beautiful juices right onto the open flame. A key is to flatten the patty ahead of time and make a divet in the center of the uncooked patty with your thumb.  As the meat cooks the burger will puff up a little and fill in that divet.  No flattening needed while grilling! Another one of my pillars for success in the kitchen is the reminder to ALWAYS use a digital meat thermometer.  Ground meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF.  Let meat rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow juices to redistribute more evenly.  Over cooking meat is a crime and as easy way to draw the moisture out! Only flip burgers one time.  Should burgers have the desired finished look on the outside before the center is 160ºF place burgers on a layer of foil to prevent burning.

17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love all things taco so I can’t wait to make these! Yum!!!

  2. These look really good and I bet the combination of flavors is awesome!

  3. 5 stars
    My friends kids know that whenever I ask what I am thinking about – its tacos. A taco burger is like my match made in heaven! Swooning over this.

  4. Burgers are my favorite food, but a close second is tacos. Combine the two and I’m in heaven. These Taco Burgers are incredible! Love them fully loaded!

  5. I absolutely love this recipe! Simple burger with lots of added flavor. And Doritos??? How easy is that to add crunch and flavor! Looks absolutely delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea to make that taco burger with doritos we all love them here and this is a must try over the next month.

  7. 5 stars
    I LOVE that you put Doritos in the meat of the burger, sounds like it would add so much flavor! Also love the grilling tips, so helpful!

  8. 5 stars
    Doritos IN the patty?!! I love it! Can’t wait to try these – thanks for such a yummy #BurgerMonth addition!!

  9. 5 stars
    This looks and sounds scrumptious!! I am digging the Doritos in the burger. So creative and flavorful.

  10. Eileen Kelly says:

    5 stars
    I just love this burger. Adding the Doritos into the burger, fabulous! I am looking forward to making these taco burgers

  11. I love the taco idea but can I say I have always loved onion on a burger? They say always make sure your date eats the onion first, then you’re undetected. Heehee- works for me!

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