Southwestern Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Total Time
23 min
10 min
8 min


uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s), (7% fat or less)

fat free salsa

¼ cup(s), salsa verde variety

chili powder

1½ tsp

table salt

½ tsp

low-fat Swiss cheese

2 oz, 4 (1/2-ounce) slices


4 leaf/leaves, large, small size, green leaf variety

light whole wheat English muffin

4 item(s), split and toasted

fresh tomato(es)

8 slice(s), thin slices

uncooked vidalia onion(s)

8 slice(s), thick, (sweet onion), thin slices


  1. Mix together beef, salsa, chili powder, and salt in large bowl just until combined well. With damp hands, shape mixture into 4 (½-inch-thick) patties.
  2. Spray grill pan with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Put patties in grill pan and grill until browned. Turn burgers; top with Swiss cheese and grill until cheese is melted and instant-read thermometer inserted into side of burger registers 160°F, about 5 minutes longer.
  3. Place lettuce and burgers on bottoms of English muffins. Top each with 2 tomato slices, 2 onion slices, and tops of muffins.
  4. Per Serving: 1 garnished burger


For a touch of smokiness, use chipotle chile powder instead of regular chili powder. Chipotles are jalapeños that have been dried and smoked over a fire.

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