Ever have your tastes completely change?
Something happened to me a few years ago. I began to develop a taste for spice. Like hot spice. I was in Arizona at a wings place and I don’t even know why, but the Mango Habanero sauce just sounded good.
And it was. Even though it was so hot I could barely eat it, I loved it.
This from a girl who has suspected that some “mild” salsas were tragically mislabeled.
Sometimes it’s because your body needs something specific.
A few months after I’d started doing Trim Healthy Mama, I began to develop a ravenous pepper craving. Hot, mild, sweet, sour…didn’t care as long as it was peppers. I’ve since learned that it was probably due to finally being able to hear my body’s
cues desperate cries for certain nutrients. Since I’ve started paying attention to those cries and adding extra nutrients, I don’t crave the peppers like I used to
I still love hot and spicy though! This tasty burger and sassy sriracha burger sauce came about because I needed something quick and easy and I was feeling like some beef and spice. Use as much…or little…jalapeno as you like. Since I’m the only one in my family that will eat a jalapeno burger, I just hack off a chunk and dice it up when I’m making this.
Layers of heat is what I like!
You can also leave out the jalapenos and just make plain burgers and top with the Sriracha Burger Sauce. It’s still delicious! But I like it better with layers of heat. You’ve got the green zing of jalapeno, the cayenne from My Favorite Creole Seasoning Blend, and the unique garlicky goodness of Sriracha. I’m making myself hungry just typing this!
Hey, I haven’t had lunch yet. I need pictures…excuse me, I’ll be right back…
The life of a blogger…
Jalapeno Burgers – THM S
- 1 lb lean, grassfed ground beef or other ground meat
- 2-3 Tbs minced, fresh onion
- 1-2 Jalapeno peppers (or more if desired), seeded and chopped
- 2-4 tsp My Favorite Creole Seasoning Blend
- 4 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (this is salty so don’t add any other salt or cut back if you do. I love THM Mineral Salt!)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- capers (optional)
For even better flavor, mix this up the night before and let it “marinate” in the fridge. But, if you don’t have time for that, no worries. It’s still tasty! Mix all ingredients well. If you’re not squeamish about raw meat, use your (clean) hands to mush it all together. Form into four equal sized patties. Some of the jalapeno and onion bits will want to jump out, just shove them back in there.
Cook the burgers to your desired level of doneness. My husband says I like my meat like shoe leather. I just like to make sure it’s cooked. I can’t stand any kind of pink in meat at all so I cook it well done. I absolutely love these burgers with a nice, crispy char on the outside, courtesy of my nice, hot cast iron skillet.
While your burgers are cooking, mix up the Sriracha Burger Sauce…
Sriracha Burger Sauce – THM S
- 2 Tbs mayonnaise
- 2 Tbs sour cream
- 4 tsp Sriracha sauce (more or less to taste)
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
Mix all ingredients well. Try not to just eat the sauce while you’re waiting for your burgers. Quality control is important, of course…but so is self control 😉
To complete the pepper-ness of this dish, serve these Jalapeno Burgers on a bed of organic kale and arugula…because arugula is peppery. I like to put some sriracha burger sauce on the greens before my burger, then more sauce on top of my burger. If you have, and love, capers, sprinkle a few on top. I love the salty/vinegary contrast between the capers and the creamy, hot sauce.
If you are not following the THM plan, eat this on a regular bun if you like. If you are, you can make the Oopsie Rolls in the book, they make great sandwich buns. Click here to order your own copy of the new: Trim Healthy Mama book.
I’ve been eating gluten free for a few years now, so I actually prefer a “burger salad.” I also like this with a small serving of Easy Peasy Pea Salad on occasion. But, since peas are starchy, you need to be mindful of how often you eat them as well as the other carbs in your meal to keep within the S range.
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