The Frito Pie Burger

by Shawnda on August 7, 2012

in Beef,Burgers & Sliders,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas,Texas

Jalapeno Cheddar Hamburger Buns

Aside from the Alamo and the Lone Star, there might be nothing in this world that’s more Texas than a Frito Pie Hamburger on a Jalapeno Cheddar or a Shiner Bock bun.

And being from Texas, I can make such a claim :)

We spied the Frito Pie Burger on a “fancy” burger menu on a trip to Austin once – completely genius. We usually have Frito Pie Burgers the night after having Frito Pie. It’s the perfect way to use up that little bit of leftover chili we always seem to have. You know the dilemma – it’s too much to throw away but not enough to make another bowl.

Since the burger buns keep so well in the freezer, I always just grate a little extra cheese and slice an extra jalapeno so that burger night only involves grilling the burgers – which is only slightly more work than actually having Frito Pie.

Jalapeno Cheddar Hamburger Buns

Frito Pie Burgers

The Texas specialty on a burger topped with Fritos, chili, and cheddar.

Ingredients

  • 1/3-lb ground beef patties, seasoned and cooked to your preference
  • Burger buns (Jalapeno Cheddar Buns or Shiner Bock bun are solid choices)
  • Fresh jalapeno slices
  • Fritos (Original, not Scoops)
  • Chopped white onion
  • Chili
  • Grated cheddar

Instructions

  1. Heat the chili to very hot.
  2. Place the burger on the bottom bun and then layer the toppings: Fresh jalapeno slices, a small handful of Fritos, a pinch of chopped white onion, a large spoonful of chili, and a large handful of grated cheddar.
  3. Serve immediately. Possibly with a fork.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily @ She Makes and Bakes August 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m pretty sure my husband wants to live at your house. Like now. That looks sooo good!

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2 Jaida August 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

Sweet baby Jesus…I think I want to live at your house, too!!! These look amazing.

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3 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen August 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

These look delicious! I usually only make chili in the fall/winter, but when that rolls around I’ll have to remember this recipe for leftovers!

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4 Michelle August 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

At a BBQ place here in Portland, they serve up a mean Frito pie. We have to order one every time we go, sometimes as an appetizer, sometimes as a dessert [it's a pie!]. It happened last night even! So now this. What a brilliant idea!

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5 Joanne August 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Fun idea! And super perfect use of leftover frito pie.

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6 Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} August 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

This is the better than sex burger right? OMG!!!!!!! Sounds utterly sinful.

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7 foodiebride August 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I wouldn’t go *that* far… but it’s pretty fabulous :)

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8 Ann P. August 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

drooling majorly! I love chips in a sandwich, and this is the ultimate chip + sandwich combo :)

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9 foodiebride August 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Doritos + avocado + white bread smooshed together in sandwich form used to get me the weirdest looks in high school!

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10 Kevin (Closet Cooking) August 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

That frito pie burger looks so good! Great idea!

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11 shelly (cookies and cups) August 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

Those look crazy good!

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12 Debra August 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

That photo, oh that photo, I almost passed out from the pleasure of it…then the drool almost ruined my shirt…good grief, that is sin in a photo…WOW!

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13 foodiebride August 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks Debra :) It’s my favorite food picture that I’ve ever taken!

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14 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

Spicy man burger! I can’t stop staring at the cheese and fritos lol. I think I need a bag now.

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15 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm

This might be the best burger I’ve ever come across. And I’m so determined to finish the entire burger when I make this! :)

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16 Amanda August 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Oh, WOW! Don’t let my husband see this! Looks fabulous, as always. :)

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17 Denise October 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm

This sounds totally Texas! It makes this FL girl want to go back to my home state.

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