For the Burgers
Lean beef mince
3 garlic cloves – crushed
125g dried bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt & pepper
Burger rolls
Mexicana cheese

For the Salsa
3 large tomatoes
1 large red onion
Fresh parsley – chopped
1/2 red chilli - finely chopped
Lime juice
Salt & pepper


These Mexican beef burgers are bursting with flavours from Mexico. Featuring Mexicana Cheese, they’re substantial and great for cooking with a group of friends. Crack open a bottle of Desperados beer, sit back and pretend that you’re in the southern highlands of Mexico!

Begin by starting a fire in your firepit or chimenea, allowing 30-40 minutes for the flames to die down and the heat to build. Wood such as oak, cherry or pear are great for barbecue style food, giving your feast a rich, smoky flavour.

To make these appetising and bulky Mexican beef burgers, combine the lean beef mince, crushed garlic, dried bread crumbs, the egg, coriander, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Work with your hands until all the ingredients are mixed together evenly. Make and shape your burgers to the desired size, then cover with cling film until you’re ready to grill over the fire!

For the salsa, chop the tomatoes, onion, parsley and the chilli and add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the lime juice over and give the salsa a good mixing. Leave for about an hour before serving.

When the wood fire is ready, grill your Mexican beef burgers until they’re hot and juicy. Place a thick chunk of Mexicana Cheese over the top and grill until melted. Serve in a bun with dollops of your homemade salsa and some lettuce leaves.

TIP! Remember that you can also add some guacamole to neutralise the hot chilli!