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Taco Burger Recipe

Taco Burger Recipe

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?

Taco Burger Recipe

Taco Burger

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Be warned, these aren't spicy taco burgers. They are seasoned enough that they are unmistakeably taco flavored, but they won't make anyone's mouth burn. (Hence, these are very kid-friendly.) If you want spicy taco burgers double the quantities of the spices.


  • 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


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Serve with a choice of toppings such as lettuce, tomato, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.


Wednesday 27th of January 2010

Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I made them yesterday to pack for my lunches… I just ate lunch and mmmmm, so good! Topped it with hummus and it was so delish!


Wednesday 13th of January 2010

Yes! I love tacos/tortilla wraps for their versatility. I think I'd like to try your idea of the taco burgers with beans instead of the meat... maybe black beans or red kidney beans would work since that's what I use in the regular tacos... and maybe it could also work putting some of the veg into the spiced taco burger patty... like corn or some diced peppers? One of my "issues" is the toppings falling off (probably my own fault for putting so much on there!) ... so putting a couple inside the taco burger might help with that... .


Tuesday 12th of January 2010

ok i havent eaten red meat in about 2-3months.....but his looks really good!!!

Sarah Caron

Tuesday 12th of January 2010

Josephine, it was! I love it with guac and salsa ... so delish.


Tuesday 12th of January 2010

I love that you made burgers out of tacos. That is brilliant!

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