Green Chile Burgers with Spicy Garlic Aioli

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These Green Chile burgers are packed with the beautiful flavors of the southwest that I grew up with. Perfectly seasoned burgers get topped with hatch green chiles and a spicy garlic aioli. You will want these burgers in your recipe book, they are sure to be a family favorite!

*Originally Posted November 2018; Updated August 2020

Green Chile burger on a sesame seed bun on a white ceramic plate served alongside homemade sweet potato fries

One of the best ways to keep your burgers nice and juicy but also loaded with flavor is to cook some aromatics and add them into the meat mixture. For this recipe, I cooked down some onion, jalapeño, garlic and green chiles. Once they are cooled they are added to the ground beef along with a blend of spices to get mixed straight into each patty.

Large ceramic mixing bowl filled with ground beef, a mixture of green chiles, onions, garlic and jalapeño along with a blend of spices

Tips For a Juicy Burger:

  • Don’t over-mix the meat mixture – just enough to incorporate the ingredients and then form into patties
  • Adding in the aromatics (as stated above) which are cooked in ghee (or butter) add both fat and flavor – key for a juicy burger!
  • Use ground beef or chuck with higher fat content
  • Cook in a cast iron skillet over high heat and only flip once
  • For the best burger, I prefer a little pink in the middle (but that is just my opinion and preference) – you do you!
Spicy garlic aioli in a glass mason jar with a spoon in it

For another added flavor bomb, we add my Spicy Garlic Aioli! We actually make and add this delicious sauce to every burger or sandwich we make lol. It is so easy and only calls for a few ingredients. Get the recipe HERE.

*To keep these amazing Green Chile burgers Paleo, Keto and Whole30, use a lettuce bun instead of a regular bun!

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Green Chile Burgers

Flavorful and juicy burgers with a spicy green chile kick! 
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 466 kcal


  • 2 Tbls Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded & diced
  • 1 cup Green Chiles chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef or chuck (higher fat content)
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbls Avocado Oil


  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium/low heat and melt the ghee
    Add in the onion, jalapeno, garlic and 1/2 cup of the green chiles
    Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are tender and translucent – put mixture in a bowl and set aside to cool
  • Add the ground beef (or chuck) into a large mixing bowl along with the spices (salt, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika and pepper) and then add in the cooled onion and chile mixture
    Mix enough just to combine the ingredients and form into patties (should make 6 large patties)
  • Carefully wipe out the cast iron skillet and add in the avocado oil – set to high heat
    Once the pan is nice and hot – add in 2-3 patties (don't over-crowd the pan) cook for 4 minutes a side only flipping once (cook longer for no pink in the middle)
    Cook in batches until all the patties are cooked (adding in a little more oil as needed)
  • Once the patties are done top with remaining green chiles and spicy garlic aioli*


*Spicy Garlic Aioli recipe HERE


Calories: 466kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 26gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 771mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I found that this is actually better with ground pork. I don’t put the hot sauce in the aioli because I think it interferes with the flavor of the pork and chilis. But great recipe! Thanks!!

  2. 5 stars
    We LOVE these!! I didn’t use the jalapeño (because I don’t ever have one on hand) or the cumin (because hubby doesn’t like it). Even without these 2 things they are so yummy. One day I will remember to buy a jalapeño because I just think it would take it to a whole new level. We make these quite a bit because they are different, tasty, simple, and the ingredients are pantry staples.

  3. 5 stars
    We LOVE these!! I didn’t use the jalapeño (because I didn’t have one on hand) or the cumin (because hubby doesn’t like it). We make these quite a bit because they are different, tasty, simple, and the ingredients are pantry staples.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times and they are always a winner. Tonight I didn’t have the canned chiles that are a staple but I did have a roasted poblano. Fantastic and tweaked the seasoning a bit for my family’s preference. Cut down on the chili powder but added coriander. Left out the cayenne as some are sensitive to it but amped up the garlic a little. Great recipe!!! Love it in its original form and it’s an easy recipe to customize!!!!

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