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Mexi-Grill Burgers

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - Looking for a quick and easy way to liven up your burgers this summer? Here is a terrific recipe you can try on the barbecue. And safe? You bet, says Health Canada, as long as you cook the centre of your burger to a temperature of 71 C (160 F). Use an instant-read food thermometer to make sure the burgers are completely cooked, regardless of the colour of the meat.


  • 500 g (1 lb) lean ground beef
  • 75 mL (1/3 cup) salsa
  • 50 mL (1/4 cup) dry bread crumbs or small flake oatmeal
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) chili powder
  • 2 mL (1/2 tsp) mustard powder
  • 4 large flour tortillas or onion buns
  • Sliced onions
  • Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • Corn relish


In large bowl, lightly combine ground beef, salsa, bread crumbs, egg, chili powder, and mustard powder. Shape into 4 patties, each about 1.5 cm (1/2") thick.

Preheat barbecue. Cook patties on lightly oiled grill, over medium-high heat, 5-7 minutes per side, turning only once. When patties are almost done, remove from heat and insert an instant-read food thermometer sideways into centre of of the thickest burger. If the temperature registers at least 71 C (160 F), the burger is done, if not, continue cooking until a minimum temperature of 71 C (160 F) is reached.

Serve each burger in a flour tortilla; and top with onions, cheese and relish.

Serving Size: Makes 4 servings

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