Argentine-Style Burgers with Chimichurri Sauce

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mayo 4, 2015

In many Latin American countries, grilled meat is often served with chimichurri, a zesty pesto-like sauce that originated in Argentina. Made from fresh parsley, it is a source of essential nutrients and has a memorable flavour. Adding crushed corn chips instead of the usual bread crumbs gives these burgers an appealing crunch and an intriguing Latin flavour. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 4.
[timer length=15]15 Minutes[/timer]

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • 10 mins

    15 mins

    25 mins

  • Productos: 2 Servings


1 egg white

¼ cup (50 mL) crushed baked corn chips

2 tbsp (30 mL) mild or hot salsa

1 clove garlic, minced

2 green onions, finely chopped

1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh oregano or ¼ tsp (1 mL) dried

1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme or ¼ tsp (1 mL) dried

½ tsp (2 mL) paprika

8 oz (227 g) lean ground beef

Chimichurri Sauce (recipe follows)

2 burger buns, toasted


Preheat grill to medium. Lightly beat egg white in medium bowl. Mix in chips, salsa, garlic, onions, oregano, thyme and paprika.

Add beef and mix well. Form into 2 patties about ¾ inch (2 cm) thick.

Grill for 6 minutes per side, or until a rapid-read thermometer inserted sideways into the centre of each patty reads 160°F (71°C). Spread each patty with chimichurri sauce and serve on buns.

Chimichurri Sauce: In a small bowl, mix ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley and 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped. Stir in 2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil and ½ tsp (2 mL) red wine vinegar; add salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe adapted from: Fresh & Healthy Cooking for Two – Easy Meals for Everyday Life by Ellie Topp and Marilyn Booth, (Formac Publishing Co. Ltd. 2011)
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