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Dorothy Dean presents: A burger with Doritos, pepper jack, salsa, nacho cheese, jalapeños – and more Doritos

Crushed chips are mixed with ground beef, plus coated on the outside, to create a flavorful burger. (Audrey Alfaro / For The Spokesman-Review)
By Audrey Alfaro For The Spokesman-Review

This month, the fireworks are not only in the sky, they also are on your plate – in the form of a burger. But not your average burger.

This epic masterpiece is filled with Doritos, stuffed with pepper jack, coated in Doritos and topped with salsa, creamy nacho cheese and jalapeños. Amazing, I know.

There’s no better time than now to step up your burger game and undoubtedly wow your guests.

I’m telling you, your neighbor Steve and Janet from accounting will be raving about your Doritos Nacho Burgers for weeks.

This creation starts with crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos, an egg, Worcestershire and seasonings being gently mixed into ground beef. The mixture is divided into eight patties, and four are topped with pepper jack, followed by the remaining patties, and then pinched around the edges to seal in the cheese.

Before being thrown on the grill, they get a coating of crushed Doritos, which add a whole other-level flavor and texture to the burger. And I’ll warn you: The burgers are not only huge on flavor, but also in size.

So you’re welcome to make smaller portions for your patties if you’re not into competition-sized eating. You know, where if you finish the meal, you get your name on the wall.

But after a bite into the soft, toasted bun that gives way to the zesty blend of toppings before your teeth crunch into that distinct, crisp Doritos crust, unveiling a moist and flavorful patty with a molten pepper jack center – you’ll want every bite you can get.

What’s fun is you can choose your Doritos flavor and swap the cheese and toppings to create a whole new burger. See, it’s all about celebrating your freedom here.

Like Cool Ranch Doritos. It’d pair great with blue cheese and a topping of buffalo sauce and bacon. I bet a chicken patty would be awesome for this!

Or add more heat to this recipe by using Spicy Nacho or Flamin’ Hot. Sweet Chili Doritos would make an awesome teriyaki burger. Stuffed with Swiss cheese and topped with a grilled pineapple slice – yes, please.

So fire up that grill, grab your Doritos – and enjoy!

Doritos Nacho Burger

Adapted from

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 cups Nacho Cheese Doritos, finely crushed, divided

1 egg

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

3 ounces pepper jack cheese, cut into 4 slices

Olive oil, for cooking

4 hamburger buns, split

Desired toppings and condiments such as salsa, nacho cheese, jalapeños, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, sliced onions, mayo, mustard and ketchup

In a large bowl, gently break apart the meat. Add in 1 1/2 cups of the crushed chips, egg, Worcestershire and seasonings. Gently mix with your hands; avoid overworking.

Shape the beef mixture into eight equal 1/2-inch-thick patties. Divide the pepper jack slices evenly onto the centers of four of the patties. Top with the remaining four patties and pinch and smooth the edges to seal. Place the remaining crushed chips in a shallow bowl and evenly coat the four sealed patties.

Cook in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil, or grill over medium-high heat, turning once until the desired degree of doneness is achieved. And don’t press on the burgers while they’re cooking, or you’ll squeeze out the cheese.

Serve the hamburgers on toasted buns and finish with nacho cheese, jalapeños and salsa or desired condiments and toppings.

Audrey Alfaro can be reached at