Costa Frico Chorizo Burgers w/ Cantaloupe Salsa

Teresa Smith


This burger is all about texture and Latin American flavors! The spicy Chicken/Chorizo patties get cooled off with a Cantaloupe lime salsa and creamy avocado slices. Then your palette wakes up again with the tangy crunch of Parmesan Frico chips! When I serve this at parties, everyone raves it's a fiesta in your mouth!

★★★★★ 2 votes
20 Min
25 Min


1 clove
garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
12 Tbsp
freshly shredded parmesan cheese (about ¾ cup)
1 c
diced cantaloupe
1/2 c
diced red bell pepper
1/2 c
diced jicama
1/4 c
chopped green onion
1/4 c
mixed fresh herbs (i.e. cilantro, basil, italian parsley) rough chopped
1/8-1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp
plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
1/4 tsp
coarse salt
1 1/4 lb
ground chicken
3/4 lb
spicy chorizo sausage, raw, casing removed
avocado, halved lengthwise, pitted
bakery-fresh hamburger rolls (i.e. sourdough, seeded, or dutch crunch)
6 slice
jalapeno or pepper jack cheese
6 medium
buttercrunch or romaine lettuce leaves


1Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine crushed garlic and olive oil in small bowl; reserve.
2Line a sided baking sheet with parchment paper. For Frico chips, place 12 level tablespoons of cheese onto lined sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart. Pat down to form flat, circles about 2 ½ “ diameter . Place baking sheet in center of oven and bake 6 to 9 minutes ; remove crisps when they become lacy and light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes and transfer to paper towels.
3Preheat gas grill to medium high.
In medium bowl, combine cantaloupe, bell pepper, jicama, onion, herbs, pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons lime juice and salt; taste and adjust seasoning. (If prepared ahead, refrigerate until ready to use).
4Make 9 lengthwise cuts into each avocado half and sprinkle tops with 2 teaspoons lime juice. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
5Combine chicken and chorizo in large bowl, using hands, mix gently and shape into 6 patties to fit rolls.
Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until the juices run clear, 6 to 8 minutes per side. During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time, top patties with a slice of pepper jack cheese; cover until melted.
6Brush cut sides of rolls with reserved garlic –oil and toast lightly on outer edges of grill.
7When ready to assemble, top each bottom roll with a lettuce leaf, cheese-topped patty, some cantaloupe salsa, 3 slices avocado, and 2 frico chips and close with roll tops. Garnish with herb sprigs, lime wedges and extra frico chips, you may have made, if desired.

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