Recipe: The California Braised Blue Burger

Last week’s Braised Blue Burger was such a hit I decided that in the spirit of Halloween I would put a disguise on it and do a little burger cos-play*. When people think of California they think of fresh ingredients, seafood and a mexican influence. This burger is a really easy way to take pretty much the same burger as I did last week but make it a little bit healthier and just as delicious. Pretty much you’re using the same patty as the Original burger but you will be dressing it down and rebuilding it. You will be making a Guacamole and then a cheese and shrimp stuffed fresno chili to top the burger with. Both of these applications are simple and really delicious.

The Guacamole:


3-Avocados (halved, skinned, pitted)

1 Lime(Juiced)

Sea Salt

1/2 tbs Cumin

2 Serrano Chilis(Seeded, cored, diced)

1/2 medium Onion (Diced)

2 Roma Tomatoes(diced)

1 Clove of Garlic (Diced)


Directions: In a mixing bowl crush the avocado with lime juice and salt. The acid in the lime will stop the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown**. You want to leave the avocado a little bit chunky. You then add your cumin, peppers, onion, tomato, garlic and cilantro. Mix gently, making sure that the guacamole is nice and thick and chunky. Cover and refrigerate.

The Stuffed Fresno Chilis:


4 Fresno Chilis(slit down one side, cored and seeded)

1.5 cups of Monterey Jack cheese(grated)

1 cup of shrimp (Diced)

2 limes(juiced)

Sea Salt

Black pepper

Directions: In a bowl take your diced shrimp and toss them with the lime juice. You are essentially creating a ceviche*** with the shrimp. You take your peppers out to the grill and blister them until their skin can be easily removed. Carefully remove the skin of the pepper and lay them out flat on a cutting board. You then fill the pepper with the ceviche and grated Monterey Jack, some sea salt, and ground black pepper. In parchment paper wrap the filled peppers. On the top rack of your barbeque while you’re grilling your burgers put the paper wrapped peppers and allow them to heat up and the cheese to melt.

Building the Burger: Here is how this burger goes together. Bun-Guacamole-Patty-Stuffed pepper-Guacamole-Bun. If it seems simple it’s because it is simple. Enjoy.

*Whenever I hear the term Cos Play all I can imagine is people in Cosby sweaters and dwarfs dressed up as Rudy.  It’s Halloween this might get weird.

**Brown avocado make a difference flavour wise but it doesn’t look very good and lime works well with the flavour profile.

***Ceviche is a dish popular in coastal south and central america. It’s comprised of raw seafood which is then marinated in citrus juice. The acid from the citrus cooks the meat.