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Turquoise Trail Sliders

Recipe courtesy of New Mexico Department of Agriculture

The Turquoise Trail is a 65-mile stretch of road along New Mexico Highway 14 between Tijeras Pueblo and Santa Fe. It is named after the precious stone mined in the area by the early pueblo people.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped, roasted Hatch Chiles
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
12 slider buns
Optional: Burger toppings like sliced tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and other condiments.

Steps

In small bowl, mix together garlic powder, salt, and chopped Hatch Chiles; set aside so flavors mingle, about 5 minutes.

In large mixing bowl, add ground meat, blue cheese crumbles, seasoned chiles, and black pepper. Mix together by hand until well combined.

Shape 12 patties of about 2 to 3 inches round and of equal thickness. Place onto grill or skillet and cook to desired doneness. Place patties onto buns and serve with your favorite toppings.

(See instructions for roasting Hatch Chiles here.)

Analyzed—per slider—to serve 12. Calories 250, Total Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 530mg, Total Carbohydrate 16g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 3g, Protein 19g, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 10%, Iron 15%