The Tex-Mex Burger

The Tex-Mex Burger

The Tex-Mex Burger

Little bit of TEX, little bit of MEX & a LOT of deliciousness!

If you’re not from Texas and you don’t get “tex-mex”... just trust us when we say it’s going to be good! 


Hello, beef lovers!

When we lived in the city, our favorite place to eat was a burger joint with 20+ gourmet style hamburgers. We went there often... even though we had a freezer full of Hickok Hamburger waiting to be crafted into these amazing burgers. Finally, we gave it a shot & trusted a random burger recipe we found... to no surprise, with our beef, it was amazing! It's easy to be intimidated by new things that might *ruin* your classic hamburger with the run of the mill fixings, but once you go gourmet, you never go back!

This will be the first of a series of blog posts sharing our favorite burger recipes! We want you to be able to bring that special restaurant style burger into your own home! But, what we can guarantee is that your homemade burgers will surpass all restaurant expectations using Hickok Hamburger's juicy, flavorful ground beef.


We are calling this hamburger, the Fiesta Burger!

With similarities to your classic Mexican taco, this burger is certain to be a fiesta favorite! Being from south Texas, Mexican food is a STAPLE food. Literally, there are 2 BBQ restaurants & 2 Taquerias in our small town & that's about it! We like to venture out... but, there's no place like home. 

Before cooking this recipe, please allow plenty of time for thawing your beef! We recommend thawing 1 of 2 ways. Beef thaws best in the refrigerator! For a pound of ground beef, we suggest at least 6 hours of defrost time. When making burgers, you want your beef completely thawed so it's easy to work with. Second best option would be thawing in cold water. If your beef is vacuum sealed, you are probably safe to soak the package straight in the water. Otherwise, place your frozen beef in a sealed Ziploc bag for its defrost bath! Change the water out every 20-30 minutes until the meat is fully thawed.

Now, it's time to get cookin'! To give this burger its taco taste, you have to season it as such. Don't freak out... There are a lot of seasonings, but if you prefer a good ole' McCormick taco seasoning packet, feel free to substitute! To create your own taco seasoning, you will need salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes and ground coriander (specific amounts can be found in the recipe below). Once seasoned, form your patties & top with a hot sauce of your choice. Our favorite is Cholula!

Let's cook these burgers! Depending on your time and/or energy level, set your grill or stove to medium-high heat. We prefer our burgers prepared at a medium doneness, so we watch & cook until the center of the patties reach 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit. (Rare: 120-125 degrees, Medium Rare: 130-135, Medium: 140-145, Medium Well: 150-155, Well Done: 160) Once your burgers are cooked to desired doneness, remove from direct heat, throw some spicy pepper jack cheese on your sizzling Hickok Hamburger patty & cover with a lid until cheese is fully melted. While melting your cheese, give your buns a little toasting for that extra pizzazz. 

To finish off this delicious burger, spread sour cream on the bun to serve as your condiment. Top the meat with hot pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños & fresh avocado slices. Voila! All your favorite Mexican garnishes packed onto a yummy taco-flavored Hickok Hamburger beef patty.

We always love a good crinkle fry pairing, seasoned with salt, pepper & cajun seasoning. Last but not least, to our Texas peeps, you can never go wrong with an ice cold Lone Star beer. If you're not a Texas resident... we're sorry you have to miss out on this Texas delicacy! 


We hope you enjoy this gourmet hamburger recipe in the comfort of your own home! Bring the restaurant quality food to your kitchen table, then amplify it even more with Hickok Hamburger's firm, juicy ground beef patties. You WILL taste the difference!

The Fiesta Burger

Defrost Time: ~6 hours in refrigerator

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


Hamburger Patties:

  • 1 pound Hickok Hamburger ground beef
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 TBSP hot sauce

Hamburger Fixings:

  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 1 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 TBSP sour cream
  • 1 C pico de gallo
  • 2 TBSP pickled jalapeños


  1. DEFROST MEAT - please make sure you leave enough time to defrost your ground beef completely before starting.
  2. In a large bowl, break up the ground beef. Evenly mix in all 10 seasonings (or use a taco seasoning packet).
  3. Divide seasoned beef into fourths, then form 4 quarter-pound patties. Evenly divide hot sauce onto the tops of each patty. 
  4. Heat grill (or stovetop) to medium-high heat. Grill hamburger patties until they reach desired doneness. (Rare: 120-125 degrees, Medium Rare: 130-135, Medium: 140-145, Medium Well: 150-155, Well Done: 160)
  5. Once patties are cooked, remove from direct heat & add a slice of pepper jack cheese to each patty. Cover until cheese is fully melted.
  6. While cheese is melting, toast the hamburger buns.
  7. Let the patties rest for 3-4 minutes before assembling.
  8. To assemble your hefty Fiesta Burger, place your taco patty on a toasted bun, then top with sour cream, avocado, pico de gallo & pickled jalapeños. 
  9. ENJOY!


If you try this recipe...


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