Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Burgers Recipe

These burgers are a delicious twist on the classic, infusing smoky roasted red pepper flavor and creamy hummus into the patty for a juicy and flavorful bite. You can grill them for that perfect summer cookout experience, or pan-fry them for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup roasted red pepper hummus
  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs (or crushed Rice Chex for a gluten-free option)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Toppings (optional): Baby spinach, tomato slices, avocado slices, crumbled feta cheese

Smokey Mayo (Optional)

  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

1. Caramelize the Onions (Optional): Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

2. Prepare the Burger Mixture: In a large bowl, combine ground beef, roasted red pepper hummus, and panko breadcrumbs (or crushed Rice Chex). If using caramelized onions, add them to the mixture at this point. Season generously with salt and pepper. Mix gently until just combined. Avoid overworking the meat, which can make the burgers tough.

3. Form the Patties: Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty that’s slightly larger than your hamburger bun, accounting for shrinkage during cooking.

4. Cook the Burgers: Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Alternatively, heat a large skillet with a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Grill or pan-fry the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through to your desired doneness.

5. Make the Smokey Mayo (Optional): While the burgers cook, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

6. Toast the Buns (Optional): Lightly toast the hamburger buns on the grill or in a skillet for a few minutes until warmed through.

7. Assemble and Serve: Spread smokey mayo (if using) on the bottom buns. Top with cooked burger patties, baby spinach, tomato slices, avocado slices, or any other desired toppings. Add the top bun and enjoy!

Tips

  • For a richer flavor, use ground lamb or a mixture of ground beef and lamb.
  • Don’t press down on the burgers while they cook, as this can squeeze out the juices and make them dry.
  • Let the cooked burgers rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Get creative with your toppings! Crumbled feta cheese, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, or roasted red pepper slices would all be delicious additions.

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