Mexican Beef Burgers with Smoked Paprika Mayo & Grilled Corn salad


Mexican Beef Burger
Corn on the cobGrilled Corn Salad
Hello and happy Wednesday. For some reason I often seem to be writing this little bit while lying in bed with a cup of tea (as I am now), but will haul myself up shortly to head off for a pre-wide-mole-excision walk (read a few posts back if you're vaguely interested, if not carry on!). Anyhoo it is a beautiful morning (but it's Auckland, so give it a minute), and the weather is starting to show glimpses of summer - hot, wet, cloudy, hail, hot - y'know. These mexi-burger and grilled corn salad recipes are ones I put together for Fairfax, and would make the perfect weekend barbecue dinner, either outside on a balmy evening - or inside around the table with a couple of games of cards! Throw the corn on the barbecue to cook and for a few grill marks first (to speed it up you can drop then in boiling water for a few minutes before grilling), then you can do all the remaining prep before guests arrive - and once you've cooked the patties, just load up platters with all of the ingredients for friends to 'build their own'. The first time I trialled this recipe was with Rich and a couple of young Scotsmen, and they were fulsome in their praise (bless them, we did also give them a few beers), but I must say I have to agree with them - packed with flavour and so easy to make, they were a real winner. I'll definitely be making them again!!!

Mexi-burgers with avocado, smoked paprika mayo, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion, coriander, crunchy slaw and salsa
Serves: 6
Prep time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 12-16 mins

1 kilo beef mince (not too lean)
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
1/3 cup American mustard
2 -3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons Tabasco chipotle sauce
2 avocados, roughly mashed 
zest and juice of 2 lime
zest and juice of an orange
½ small red cabbage, finely shredded
3 tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 cup egg mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
¾ cup coriander leaves
6 burger buns split
1 ½ cups grated tasty cheese
*Your favourite store-bought salsa to serve, or of course, make your own! :)

Preheat the barbecue and set the oven to grill. In a food processor whiz onion and 2 tablespoons of the mustard with garlic and black pepper. Add to meat and gently combine to form 6 patties. Make a small thumb print indent in the middle of patties, put on a baking paper lined tray in the fridge until ready to cook. Roughly mash avocado with zest and juice of 1 lime and season with salt and pepper. Toss red cabbage with zest and juice of second lime and orange, season with salt and pepper. In separate bowls put avocado, thickly sliced tomatoes, finely sliced red onion, mayonnaise mixed with smoked paprika, red cabbage, and coriander. Brush the hotplate with oil, season the patties with sea salt and cook 4-5 minutes each side, until no longer pink in the middle. During cooking, brush lightly with remaining mustard mixed with tabasco sauce. (Check with guests, and omit if they prefer a milder flavor.) Lay buns on an oven tray cut side up. Divide cheese between bases when patties come off the barbecue, grill buns for a minute until the cheese is bubbling and golden. Serve buns and beef patties on a platter and invite guests to layer up their own mega-Mexican-burger, choosing from the selection of toppings. 

Mexican-style Corn Salad
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time: 5 mins

1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 cobs corn, boiled for 5 minutes, then drained
1/2 cup egg mayonnaise
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
½ cup chopped coriander
2 spring onions, finely chopped
100g feta, crumbled
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Heat grill or hot plate and mix butter and olive oil, season well with salt and pepper and brush over corn. Grill for a bout 5 minutes, turning, until lightly grilled.  Leave to cool while you mix mayonnaise with lime juice and zest, garlic and paprika. Slice kernels from cobs and mix with mayonnaise mixture and remaining ingredients. Serves 6 with Mexi-burgers and makes a great taco topping.

Mexican Beef Burger


  1. Yum Sarah.
    Good luck today - I was actually thinking about you to day on my early morning walk :)

    1. Thanks so much! All done, now a two week wait for the next lot of results - argh! :)

  2. It looks so good! Thanks for this idea.