I created this recipe while trying to recreate the best burger I had ever tasted at a restaurant in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. My family and I think these burgers are better! They are packed with flavor!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.

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  • Combine ground sirloin, onion, grill seasoning, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, adobo sauce, and chipotle pepper in a large bowl. Form the mixture into 6 patties. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Place burgers on preheated grill and cook until no longer pink in the center. Place a slice of Cheddar cheese on top of each burger one minute before they are ready. Place burgers on buns to serve.

Nutrition Facts

537 calories; 38.7 g protein; 26.6 g carbohydrates; 121.3 mg cholesterol; 1034.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2008
We LOVE this recipe and have even used it with ground turkey. I didn't follow the recipe exactly as I didn't have chipotle sauce or peppers. And, after the first time, I also decreased the liquid smoke to 1 tsp because it seemed to be a little strong. Amazing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2008
Just a simple request for when people make suggestions for substitutions--please include amounts! I made these burgers tonight and like one of the other reviewers I had no chipotle peppers but I did have the spice available. Unfortunately I had no idea how much to substitute for the chipotle pepper and ended up adding waaaaayyy too much spice to my burgers. They were blazing hot! I used 1 teaspoon of spice to 1 1/4 pound of ground sirloin (for four servings). So if anyone suggests a substitution please also suggest a quantity to use. I know I would really appreciate the help and maybe others would too. I enjoyed the burgers and I will give them another shot with either real chipotles or lower the amount of spice I use. Read More
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179 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 124
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2008
We LOVE this recipe and have even used it with ground turkey. I didn't follow the recipe exactly as I didn't have chipotle sauce or peppers. And, after the first time, I also decreased the liquid smoke to 1 tsp because it seemed to be a little strong. Amazing! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/05/2008
Just a simple request for when people make suggestions for substitutions--please include amounts! I made these burgers tonight and like one of the other reviewers I had no chipotle peppers but I did have the spice available. Unfortunately I had no idea how much to substitute for the chipotle pepper and ended up adding waaaaayyy too much spice to my burgers. They were blazing hot! I used 1 teaspoon of spice to 1 1/4 pound of ground sirloin (for four servings). So if anyone suggests a substitution please also suggest a quantity to use. I know I would really appreciate the help and maybe others would too. I enjoyed the burgers and I will give them another shot with either real chipotles or lower the amount of spice I use. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2008
We LOVE this recipe and have even used it with ground turkey. I didn't follow the recipe exactly as I didn't have chipotle sauce or peppers. And, after the first time, I also decreased the liquid smoke to 1 tsp because it seemed to be a little strong. Amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2007
Yummy! Very good grilled burger. I used garlic powder instead of the minced garlic and did half and half gound beef and ground turkey. I also used pepper jack cheese. I will use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2008
Tried these tonight- was going to make a meatloaf from the recipe as I didn't have any buns. The more I read the reviews I realized that these would be at their peak from grilling. So we had the burgers minus the buns and cheese. We got to taste the true flavor. Very very tasty. I might use a teeny bit less chipotles in adobo next time. My word on that ingredient is this-buy a small can put the remainder in an airtight container and keep it in the frig. I have been using the same container for about 6 months. Believe me it keeps its flavor and kick! And there's not really any great substitute when a recipe calls for it. One question for the others- what did they use as "grill seasoning?" I don't have any on hand as we do most of our own combinations to make rubs etc. I just used some paprika chili powder and smoked salt. We really loved these. This recipe elevates burgers to "company" status. Yum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2007
This was great. It was nice to have a very tasty burger for a change. My boyfriend raved about these to all his friends. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2008
I used all the seasoning as noted except for the chilies as we are wimps in that department. I topped the burgers with Gouda cheese the last few minutes on the grill. I really liked the flavors of this burger and will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2008
These are wonderful tasting burgers! This is the 3rd time that I've used this recipe. The 2nd time I used ground turkey breast instead of beef. It was drier but still very good flavor. I've also combined all of the ingredients (except the beef) in a bowl and made a paste like out of it and rubbed it on some fish that I was going to saute. It too was pretty darned good! The smokiness and heat of the chipotles combined with the liquid smoke is quite a tasty combo. I really like your recipe. Thanks! I would have never thought of this on my own! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2010
We really enjoyed these burgers. I used onion powder since I don't care for onion and McCormick hamburger seasoning for the grill seasoning but it was too salty so next time I will make my own or use something else. I cut this in half for just the 3 of us. The canned chipotle peppers though barely had any adobo sauce so I scraped up what I could and used it. I used La Costena brand. I cooked this in a skillet/stovetop instead of grilling this time. Thanks Janine these were good and we will be having these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
Incredible seasoning combination! I don't care for the heat of the chipotle peppers or adobo sauce so I subbed about a teaspoon of smoked paprika. I think I used a little less worcestershire sauce as well. These might be the best burgers I have made. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Read More
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