Tacos hold a very special place in my heart. Serious. Ever since I was little, something about the crunchy little shells filled with spicy meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato and hot taco sauce just made my mouth so darn happy. Better, more authentic tacos are excellent too, but the classic American family version with ground beef reminds me of childhood.
My kids really like tacos too, but for a two-year-old and a four-year-old, they can be a challenge to eat. Plus, I always worry if they are actually eating enough on taco nights. Paige usually doesn’t eat the shell (and gets tired of the spiced meat pretty fast) and Will stops after one, maybe two, tacos. How could their bellies be full? It’s with that thought that I usually whip up a side salad and yellow rice too.
There has to be a better way, right? A way that I can have the flavor of tacos that I love but in a form that is more kid-friendly. Enter the Taco Burger.
What happens when you take the seasonings of a taco and use them in burger patties? This simple thought leads to an epic burger that the whole family will love. And it’s so easy too.
These juicy burgers are perfect topped with taco-inspired toppings like salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Delish! And if your kids want in on the salsa action without the spice of your favorite hot blend, try spooning on a little jarred bruschetta — it looks very similar without any of the spice.
Are you a taco fanatic too?
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 4 1-oz slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 hard rolls
- Combine the ground sirloin, chili powder, garlic salt, dried oregano and cumin (I use my hands to knead it together). Separate into four equal pieces. Form patties, making sure to press an indentation into the center of each (it will prevent shrinkage).
- Cook as desired on the grill. When the burgers are close to being done, top with a slice of cheddar and let it melt. Transfer the patties to the hard rolls.
- Serve with a choice of toppings such as lettuce, tomato, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.