Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

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~ Bursting with flavor from healthy veggies, these beefy, Mexican-inspired burgers are quick and easy and can be made ahead. They’re topped with a delicious Greek yogurt salsa sauce and the satisfying crunch of tortilla chips. ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Make Ahead  

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}Ahhhh, grilling season …

Welcome back to Ohio, long-lost friend!

I don’t know about you, but as Memorial Day ushers in relaxed, impromptu grilling, it also gives me a little nudge … reminding me that I’d better plan to have extra food around. Somehow I often seem to end up with plenty of neighbors and packs of happy kiddos hanging out in our yard, salivating as I fire up the grill. (#goodproblemtohave)

It’s kind of a matter of survival to have super-easy, I-can-make-that-for-a-crowd recipes (like this one!) on hand!

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}You’ve heard me say it before: I have the best neighbors! The bestedy-bestest. So I totally don’t mind when my little family dinner spontaneously bursts into a backyard filled with laughing friends, swimming kids, a bonfire and a marshmallow roast … and burgers for all!

This burger is a true crowd-pleaser. Everything you love about tacos … in a grill-friendly, picnic-ready, so-easy-that-even-the-hostess-gets-to-relax burger recipe! (And hey, hostess with the mostess – these are a snap to make ahead, too!)

Chunky salsa adds tons of flavor and keeps these taco burgers ultra-moist. (Plus, salsa is jam-crammed with onions, peppers and lycopene-rich tomatoes!) A few black beans hang out inconspicuously in the background, offering extra-filling fiber and lots of nutrition. And, just like with our Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Burgers, the cheese is cooked right into the patty, so just a little shredded cheese goes a looooong way!

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}And let’s pause just a moment to ponder the creamy salsa dressing …


That’s really all you need to know here. (Yeah, sure – the alluring creaminess ingeniously comes from fat-free Greek yogurt – so healthy! – but all you really need to know is … YUM!!!) Enough said. Our moment of introspection has ended. Just remember: Yum.

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}I’ve made this burger recipe lots of times since I conjured it up, and it’s always a hit all around. But I have a neighbor to thank for the ultimate, final stroke of genius. (Told ya – my neighbors really ARE the very best!)

A couple of weeks ago, I was just getting ready to throw a batch of these together, when our dear friends Bill and Lisa wandered over from next door. They’re one of the cutest darn couples you could ever hope to meet (31 years of marriage, yet you’d think they were newlyweds!). They also have amazing green thumbs, so I spend untold hours just trying to make my yard look decent enough to co-exist next to their gorgeously manicured suburban botanical garden. (Seriously, my life is filled with #goodproblemstohave!) Oh, and you might remember Lisa … chili contest award winner of Crazy Pineapple Chili fame …

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}Anyway, as my family dinner evolved into a gosh-we-missed-you-all-winter social hour, these burgers came to the rescue! My husband laughingly issued a warning that no one gets to eat at our house without providing detailed, essay-form, compare-and-contrast feedback on all recipes. (He speaks from experience, you know.) Undaunted, our friends dug right in … and then reached for seconds …

And then Bill issued the momentous declaration that took these burgers from killer-good to … well … whatever is even better than that! He suggested …


On top.

Just to really make it taste like a taco.

Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}Ohhhhhhhhhh

Our hands darted for the chip bowl, and we simultaneously experienced that “aha” eureka moment … everyone’s face registered gastronomic bliss at just the same time.

A tortilla chip! (Or maybe two …)


Awesome neighbors. (Have I mentioned that before?) Awesome burger.

Hope it’s an awesome Memorial Day, friends! Welcome to grillin’ season!

THK By Shelley

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Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing

Preparation 15 min. 2017-08-17T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 13-15 min. 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 4 burgers     adjust servings



  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup mild thick and chunky salsa (see note)


  • 1 5.3-ounce container (just over 1/2 cup) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mild thick and chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • 4-8 whole grain tortilla chips


  1. In a small bowl, combine spices.
  2. In a large bowl, crumble ground beef gently, and then sprinkle with spice mixture, cheese, beans and salsa. Mix until thoroughly combined, being careful not to overmix. Form mixture into 4 patties (see note).
  3. Preheat your grill, or a non-stick skillet or grill pan, on medium heat.
  4. Add the burgers and cook on the first side until nicely browned and mostly cooked through (about 8 minutes on the grill or in a covered skillet, or 8-10 minutes in an uncovered grill pan).
  5. Flip the burgers (gently – these are a bit delicate), and continue cooking until just cooked through (about 5 minutes more). Be careful not to overcook, which can cause the burgers to be dry.
  6. While the burgers cook, mix the dressing ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  7. Serve your burgers on buns, topped with Creamy Salsa Dressing and 1-2 tortilla chips.


Recipe Notes

Salsa: Be sure to use thick and chunky salsa, as opposed to much thinner and runnier regular salsa.

Forming burger patties: We typically advise you to just lightly press your burgers together, as overworking the meat mixture or compacting the patties too firmly can cause your burgers to be tough. However, these burgers have so many ingredients that you do need to be more firm in packing the patties together so they don't fall apart when you flip them. As long as you're relatively firm in shaping them and don't make them too thin, you should be just fine.

Grilling: Remember that grills vary widely in temperature settings, so the settings and times you use may need to be adjusted according to your specific grill.

Make-ahead options: You can prep the burger patties earlier in the day or up to a day ahead and then store them, tightly wrapped in the fridge, until you’re ready to cook them. To prep further ahead of time, you can freeze the uncooked patties and then thaw prior to cooking. These burgers also reheat surprisingly well, as the salsa keeps them really moist. Leftovers are fantastic just gently reheated in the microwave.

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Our Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing recipe has been mentioned or featured in:
Summer Recipes, Cooking Without Using the Oven at Frugal Family Home
75 Recipes for Ground Beef at Thrifty Northwest Mom
Master List of over 50 Grilling Recipes at PinkWhen
Taco Turkey Burger at A Hole Lotta Cheese
50 Fabulous Burger Recipes at An Edible Mosaic
60 “Manly” Father’s Day Recipes at Five in Ohio


Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing — 40 Comments

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  4. Yum! I used ground turkey meat and it was delicious. The burger and dressing had so many flavors that I didn’t need the bun. I’ll be making this again.

    • They are, they are!!! REALLY GOOD, and so darn easy! Plus, there are so many healthy little goodies tucked in, but no one will care one bit that they’re eating a healthier burger … they’ll be way too busy making happy munching noises … mmmmmmm! 😀 ~G&S

  5. This is the perfect go-to grilling burger for the summer. We do so much grilling once the weather gets warm because it is easy and we have to enjoy the good weather while we have. Pinning this! Thanks!

    • Yes, Julia! These burgers are SO perfect for grilling this summer! Now that we’ve got warm weather, we’ve been spending lots of time at the grill! 🙂 This is a wonderful way to switch up a classic burger! And don’t forget that chip! Enjoy! ~G&S

    • You know … I hadn’t really considered that, Abbe! Maybe I really should give up on all the gardening and just concentrate on bribing my neighbors with delicious food in the hopes that they won’t notice little details like rampant weeds! Lol! Leave it to you to have the perfect solution!!! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks so much, Krissie! We’ve gotten great feedback on these – you’ll love them! They’re just so quick and simple to prepare yet just bursting with wonderful, satisfying flavors! Yep yep, girl … if you love a good patty, this is the one for you! 😀 ~G&S

    • Oh, can you just imagine the fun we’d have?!? Sadly, my neighbors on the other side are every bit as wonderful … could I maybe interest you in the house for sale a few doors down?!?! Lol! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi, Jess! You’re gonna love these – so incredibly quick and simple yet such big, bold, yummy flavors! And that sauce really is amazing! It’s exactly the right cool, tangy, creamy topping to bring all the flavors together! Mmmmmm … can’t wait for you to try these! 😀 ~G&S

    • Lol, Jessica! Ummmmm … creamy salsa cupcakes??? Creamy salsa sundaes??? Well … 😀 No, seriously, though – that simple, healthy sauce is magic on these burgers! And you’re absolutely right – it’d be great on tons of other things, too (maybe just not cupcakes! 😀 )! ~G&S

  6. Just made these after a long day of working outside….super easy to make and OMG they were delicious!!! Two thumbs up on everything from the burger to the creamy salsa dressing.

    Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Oh, Adrey! Thanks so much for taking the time to pop by and let us know how much you loved these – that truly means a lot to us (especially knowing how exhausted you must be after all that yard work)! We’re just thrilled to know that you found them easy (’cause who wants to wrangle with a tricky recipe after working in the yard all day?!?!?) and also delicious! A gorgeous yard AND happy tummies? Sounds like a pretty darn good day! So glad THK could be a part of it! 😀 ~G&S

  7. These look soooo good!! YUM! I love love LOVE Mexican food!! I feel like it can be so healthy, nourishing and satisfying!! Win-win-win!! 🙂

    • We TOTALLY agree! Mexican flavors are one of our go-tos! All the antioxidants in the spices, the healthy nutrient-rich veggies (even salsa counts! 😀 ) … plus everybody totally looooves Mexican! Always a hit! These burgers are a fun way to bring Mexican to grilling season … and yup, they’re just as good as they look (well, maybe even BETTER)! 😀 ~G&S

  8. If I were your neighbor, I will also be among the best! And there’s no reason to not be, especially with your cooking! Just the smell of the beef grilling will make my day. Add that refreshing creamy salsa and I’m ecstatic!

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    • Oh, Julie! You’re so sweet! I would loooove to have you for a neighbor (although, honestly, I’d kinda love to be YOUR neighbor and hang in Australia, at least for a little while! 😀 )! We seriously do have tons-o-fun! Just yesterday afternoon, my husband and I really needed to do yard work, and instead we spontaneously had a yard full of playing dogs, giggling-fishing-swimming kids … and wonderful neighbors! As evening set in (with still no yard work in sight 😀 ), it evolved into an impromptu marshmallow-roasting bonfire and an everyone-search-your-fridge picnic! But, hey … I had a bunch of willing taste-testers on hand for two recipes I’d been working on! So today … ummmmm, I’ve got yard work to do! Lol! 😀 ~Shelley

  9. Hmm, I wonder if I could squeeze in a trip to Ohio any time soon? Everything about this burger sounds delicious, but, I have to admit, especially that inspired nacho (or two) addition at the end. Have a great fun-BBQ-filled weekend!

    • Oh Helen! We would love for you to come here!! And then we will come and visit you! 🙂

      You’ll really love the little bit of crunch with each bite … it really adds to the whole burger experience! Have a fabulous weekend! ~G&S

    • Cindy, we know you’ve had just as much (if not more!) snow than we have this winter! Hooray for grilling season, indeed!! Not sure about you, but there were days when we weren’t sure if we’d ever be able to dig out our summer clothes again! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂 ~G&S

  10. I really had trouble reading the text this time: my eyes were glued to the pictures! Oh it looks so delicious, I totally regret not being your neighbour as well! Then again, you have no idea how crazy it sounds to add a tortilla chip in the middle of a burger – it might not be safe for me there after all.. -especially if you also interrogate people when they eat.. Okay, I’m totally having second thoughts now, but I’d still come by for the party to steal some burgers! 😉

    • Hey, Siv – you should totally hop the next plane and just move right in here! Can you just imagine the culinary adventures we’d all have together?!?!? And don’t let a little chip scare you! It’s AWESOME! That little bit of crunch and the flavor of corn tortilla … seriously, it’s the final stroke of genius in an already-fantastic burger – you’ll love it! So … can I expect you at the next party (which, honestly, will probably spontaneously happen … tonight!)??? 😀 ~Shelley

    • Actually, Shelley and I BOTH have always put chips on our sandwiches! My grandma is the one that showed me, many years ago! And now I do it every time!

      A sandwich without a little crunch just isn’t the same! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend, as well! ~Gretchen

  11. Hi girls! I am with you on welcoming summer after that brutal winter many of us endured, huh? Let the sun pour in!

    I love how you combined beans in the burger here! And those healthy spices too! Super idea! I am assuming you could sub any ground meat here as well. My girls love anything Tex-Mex so I am going to make these this week. Simple and flavorful! Thanks for helping me meal plan!

    Enjoy the holiday weekend and all those drop-in neighbors of yours!

    • Hi, Lori! Awesome weekend here (another impromptu neighbor party last night!) … hope you’re having a fantastic, relaxing weekend, too!

      We haven’t tested this burger recipe with anything other than extra-lean beef, but I think it’d work just fine with another meat. One problem with ground turkey, for example, is that it can dry out so easily, but the salsa in these burgers really helps keep them moist and should help with that.

      Having said that, though – we chose ground beef in this recipe for flavor, and by using ultra-lean, we can actually still have that beefy flavor with a good fat/calorie profile. You probably know this, but do be very careful when purchasing ground turkey vs. ground beef if you’re doing so because you want a healthier meat. Despite what most people assume, ground turkey is often not lower in fat and calories than very, very lean ground beef (we often grab 96% lean ground beef). One solution, of course, is to buy your own chicken or turkey breast (boneless, skinless) and grind it yourself, or ask your butcher to do this for you. Hope that helps! 😀 ~Shelley

  12. These look great! Dan would love them (he partakes in the beef). Burgers are on the menu for tomorrow night too! And, you know I love the Mexican flavors, so I think that creamy salsa will be a must! Pinning 🙂

    • Ahh … glad to know we aren’t the only ones with boards full of ideas that haven’t been made yet! 🙂 Someday …

      You will most definitely want to make these! Our families have loved taste-testing them, and the chip is the perfect touch! And yes, absolutely perfect for grilling out on Memorial Day Weekend! Let us know how much your friends love ’em! Have a great weekend! 🙂 ~G&S

    • Lol, Taylor! Yes, ‘taco form’ is a real thing! You are hilarious … that you like the taste of tacos but not actually eating them!! Well now, you can enjoy them in burger form! And who doesn’t love a burger?!? Have a wonderful weekend! ~G&S

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