Bobby Flay's Santa Fe Burger Recipe


If you love burgers, you are reading the right post. Today I'm sharing Bobby Flay's Santa Fe burger from his restaurant, Bobby's Burger Palace. If you've been following my blog this week, you know I shared my version of his delicious BBQ and coleslaw covered Dallas burger early. My husband and I are fans of Bobby's Burger Palace, but sadly don't live near one. The two times we've eaten at his burger joint have left us wanting more...and more! Since we can't have his burgers very often, we decided we better learn how to make them. I'm so excited to enjoy these burgers this summer! 

My burger of choice is the aforementioned Dallas burger. The spicy BBQ has quite the kick, but its complimented perfectly with a delicious cooling cole slaw. The burger is spice crusted and mouth watering! 

My husband's favorite, however, is the Santa Fe burger. This burger features a delicious queso and blue corn tortilla chips! Queso dip and chip on a burger? Yep, and it's delicious! The queso is rich in flavor, and the blue corn tortilla chips add a crunchy texture. His burger joint is all about having your burgers "crunchified." You can add potato chips to any of his signature burgers. Trust me, it's delicious! We may or may not have each gotten a burger the first time and then gone back to have his classic burger "crunchified". Hey, it was too good to resist!

Santa Fe Burger ingredients:
  • Queso:
    • 1 tbs unsalted butter
    • 1 tbs all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz)
    • Kosher salt
    • Ground pepper
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2 1/2 tbs canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
Santa Fe Burger instructions:
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Whisk in flour and cook for 1 min
  • Add in milk and increase to high heat
  • Whisk constantly until mixture is thickened, about 5 mins
  • Remove from heat and add cheese, mix until completely melted and incorporated
  • Season queso with salt and pepper
  • Keep queso warm over low heat until burgers are done
  • Preheat a skillet with oil to medium-high heat
  • Shape ground beef into 3/4 in thick patties with a small indentation in the center (this keeps the burger from doming up)
  • Season both sides of the beef with Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • Place burger into preheated skillet and cook for approximately 4 minutes
  • Flip burger and cook for an additional 4 minutes
  • Check temperature of burger using a meat thermometer to get the burgers the way you want (we cooked longer to get to well done)
  • For the best burger, lightly toast the buns in a separate pan with a little butter
  • Cover burger with queso and broken pieces of blue corn tortilla chips

The only difference between this recipe and the original Santa Fe burger is that the original includes roasting a Poblano pepper. We left that out as my husband prefers it without the pepper. You can find the original recipe here.

Bobby Flay's Dallas Burger Recipe


Spring is finally here! After what seemed like a never-ending winter, we had our first weekend of beautiful, warm weather. It was a crazy week at work for both my husband and I, so we decided to enjoy the weather and relax with some baseball and delicious burgers. It was just what we needed!

Our absolute favorite burgers are those at Bobby Flay's restaurant - Bobby's Burger Palace. Both my husband and I have burgers there that we love, but the nearest restaurant is about 3 hours away. We decided to try our hand at the recipes we found on FoodNetwork.com for these burgers. Not only did we make each of our favorite burgers, but we also made Bobby Flay's Southwestern fries we devoured at another one of his top notch restaurants - Mesa Grill in NYC.

All this week, I'll be sharing the three recipes we made, including:
  • Dallas burger - spice encrusted and topped with BBQ sauce and coleslaw
  • Santa Fe burger - covered in peppered queso and blue corn tortilla chips
  • Southwestern fries - double fried and seasoned with ancho chili pepper and Kosher salt
I'm starting off today with the delicious Dallas burger (my personal favorite)! I was so excited to try this recipe, but there was just one problem - the amount of ingredients required!

My husband and I are trying to experiment and incorporate more fresh ingredients and spices in our cooking. We are slowly building our spice collection, and try to increase the supply with spices we plan on using again and again. But, this burger recipe had a ton of ingredients we didn't have. There were ingredients for the BBQ sauce, spice rub, AND the coleslaw... The cost of this meal was quickly adding up. 

I started looking around the grocery and found two products that helped us achieve the flavor profile, but for a fraction of the price. Now obviously there's a reason that he includes this many ingredients, his food is amazing! But, for a quick burger at home, I found some shortcuts to get a similar flavor.

Instead of making my own BBQ sauce (which I definitely want to do sometime), I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle sauce. It's not a perfect match, but contains almost all of the ingredients in Bobby Flay's Dallas sauce including honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, molasses, vinegar, chipotle pepper, sugar, and onion! For the spice crust, I found Mexene chili powder that includes the main ingredients of Bobby Flay's spice crust including salt, chili pepper, cumin, and oregano!



With these cheat ingredients, and some deli coleslaw, the burger was simple to make. I mean, it's not quite Bobby Flay level, but it's a good substitute until we can get back to his restaurant (or he opens one near us!).

Dallas Burger ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
  • Mexene Chili Powder
  • Cole slaw
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Canola oil
Dallas Burger instructions:

  • Preheat a skillet with oil to medium-high heat
  • Shape ground beef into 3/4 in thick patties with a small indentation in the center (this keeps the burger from doming up)
  • Season both sides of the beef with Kosher salt, ground pepper, and Mexene Chili Powder (only one is seasoned in the pic, because the other is for the Santa Fe burger)


  • Place burger into preheated skillet and cook for approximately 4 minutes
  • Flip burger and cook for an additional 4 minutes
  • Check temperature of burger using a meat thermometer to get the burgers the way you want (we cooked longer to get to well done)
  • For the best burger, lightly toast the buns in a separate pan with a little butter
  • Cover burger with some BBQ sauce and top with coleslaw 

If you love BBQ, and a little spicy kick, then you are going to want to try this burger! If queso is more your thing, check back in a couple days for the Sante Fe burger (my husband's favorite). Then later I will share the DELICIOUS, spicy ancho chile fries. I'm hungry all over again!

Fiesta Stuffed Peppers


I have a new savory recipe to share today, but first I have the results of my March Madness contest. If you didn't check it out, I had a March Madness style tournament to determine the best sweet treat recipe on my blog. I started with 8 of my favorites and slowly narrowed it down to the champion dessert. I got a little distracted during the actual March Madness tournament, though, since my team did better than expected! Sadly the KY Wildcats didn't win the tournament, but I'm excited to announce the winning champion dessert.

Drumroll please...

The winner is - Copycat Orange Julius


This copycat recipe is so close to the real thing! Orange Julius is one of my husband's favorite treats, and he LOVES this recipe.

Back to something more savory.

A couple months ago, I made some delicious stuffed peppers. It was one of my favorite meals I've made lately, and I decided to try a twist on the dish. This recipe replaces Italian seasoning and marinara sauce for Mexican flavors and salsa! I replaced the white rice from the recipe with Spanish rice (you could also use Mexican).

It's easy to make, and so flavorful! Here's the recipe -

Stuffed Pepper ingredients (yield 6):
  • 6 green peppers
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup cooked Spanish (or Mexican) rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper
Stuffed Pepper directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Start cooking rice per directions
  • Slice the top off of green peppers and remove the seeds and membrane from inside the pepper
  •  Boil peppers for 4-5 mins
  • Brown hamburger meat 
  • Drain excess grease and return the meat to the skillet
  • Add taco seasoning packet and amount of water called for on packet
  • Simmer meat and onions for 3-4 mins
  • Mix in rice and salsa
  • Place green peppers in Pyrex dish
  • Fill the peppers with meat/rice/salsa mixture
  • Pour extra salsa over the top of the peppers and pour into the bottom pan
  • Bake 10 mins with