Fort Collins based company, Harmony Valley Foods makes dehydrated hamburger style and sausage style mixes that are vegan, tasty, and convenient. I found this company on Twitter, and received a free package of their hamburger style mix for taking a survey. I was so excited to receive a sample that I put off trying it. I just couldn’t decide what to use it in, and I’m glad that I waited because they are currently hosting The Great Grill Challenge. This is a contest where you could win a grill or a year’s supply of their product for creating the best veggie burger. The contest ends July 15, 2011.
I was reluctant to enter after not being able to find HV’s mixes here in El Paso, but decided to give it a shot anyway. At first, I wanted to create some type of southwest burger (I know it’s overdone, but I thought I could make it unique!). My partner thought it would be a better idea to make a chili cheeseburger so that the product is showcased in two different ways. I thought that was a brilliant idea and went running with it.
I created a fun, updated chili cheeseburger. I think this messy burger is loaded with flavors and textures that play well together. The crunch of the corn chips and peppery freshness of the arugula make it pop. You can make this burger quick and easy by using canned chili, green chiles, and jarred red peppers, or you can make a really great burger by roasting your own peppers and making the chili.
Please visit the Great Grill Challenge to enter the contest or vote for me!
Chili Chile Cheeseburger
Makes 2-4 burgers & plenty of chili.
1 5.7 oz. package of Hamburger Mix
Your favorite chili beans recipe
2-4 anaheim peppers, roasted (or use a can of diced green chile)
1 red bell (or use 1/4 cup jarred red peppers, diced)
Sliced Colby Jack cheese, or your favorite cheese
Your favorite condiments
1. Prepare the hamburger mix according to the package directions.
2. Prepare chili recipe using half of hamburger mix and set the remainder aside.
3. Roast the green chile and red bell pepper; peel and dice.
4. Mix 1/4 cup of each pepper into the rest of the hamburger mix until evenly distributed. Season with fresh cracked black pepper.
5. Form into 4″ patties. Brush with olive oil and grill or pan fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
6. Spread mustard, mayo, etc. on bottom bun. Top with arugula, patty, corn chips, chili, cheese, and top bun.