The Flamenco Burger (with Chorizo in the Patty!)

Today I’m telling you about about my Flamenco Burger with chorizo sausage mixed right into the patty. It’s amazing. This post is sponsored by Lipton. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Inspiration can sometimes come at just the right moment. When Lipton asked me to come up with a burger recipe, I was a bit stumped. We tend to be burger purists. We make basic burgers of ground beef with a bit of seasonings, grill them, put them into toasted buns with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and onions. Sometimes I sauté some mushrooms or caramelize the onions, but that’s pretty much it.

A burger topped with cheese and a mixture of olives, bell pepper, and parsley.

The Burger Inspiration

As I stared at my inbox where the invitation from Lipton had appeared, a newsletter from Food52 about a genius burger recipe by Suzanne Goin suddenly made my computer chime I clicked immediately. My eyes got big and round, I got hungry, and an idea appeared.

This burger really was genius. I mean, it had chorizo and bacon mixed right into the burger patty. I was inspired.

Let me just say that it was never my intent to steal this recipe. Of course not! But even if I was a dishonest recipe developer who could bring herself to take someone else’s recipe, I couldn’t have this time. You see, Lipton had requested a burger recipe with 8 ingredients or fewer. Goin’s burger recipe has 14 ingredients, and that doesn’t include the ingredients for the luscious condiments she makes to go with it (a homemade aioli and romesco sauce).

Overhead of Flamenco Burger on a white dinner plate.

My Version – The Flamenco Burger

So I considered Goin’s beautiful burger masterpiece and decided to snag a few of the things that really caught my eye:

-A burger patty studded with chorizo sausage
-A burger topping with parsley
-Manchego cheese (yes! yes! yes!)

I added black olives to the parsley condiment and used peppers instead of tomatoes, used my usual beef instead of Goin’s pork, went with dry Spanish chorizo instead of the Mexican version she calls for (just because it’s readily available in my grocery store), and added some onion soup mix for a seasoning boost. The result amazed me.

Flamenco burger with cheese on a bun, dish of chopped olives, peppers, and parsley to the side.

It was by far the best burger I’d ever made. Better than all that, it was a super quick and easy burger recipe to make. So quick and easy that I decided to make it when I competed in the Whole Foods Fill the Grill Contest. And this burger got me through to the finals!

Here’s my delicious burger recipe bursting with Spanish flavors:


The Flamenco Burger

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 burgers
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


This burger is bursting with the rich, salty and fresh flavors of Spain: Chorizo, onion, creamy Manchego cheese, olives, roasted peppers, and parsley. It’s a simple yet very flavorful twist for your next summer party.


  • 2/3 cup chopped pitted black olives
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed flat leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 8 oz. chorizo, roughly chopped
  • 8 (1 oz.) slices of Manchego cheese
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. Pre-heat a grill for medium-high heat direct cooking.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the olives, roasted red pepper and parsley. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the ground chuck, onion soup mix, and the chorizo. Shape into 8 equal-sized 1/2-inch thick patties.
  4. Transfer the patties to the grill and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, until well browned.
  5. Top each patty with a slice of Manchego cheese and cook until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted.
  6. Put 1 tablespoon of the olive mixture on the bottom of each hamburger bun. Top with a burger patty, another 1 tablespoon of the olive mixture, and then with a bun top. Repeat until all burgers are made. Dig in. 
The Flamenco Burger (with Chorizo in the Patty!)

55 responses to “The Flamenco Burger (with Chorizo in the Patty!)”

  1. […] I get fancy with my burgers and add things to the meat. Like in this this recipe where I mix chorizo sausage in with the ground […]

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  3. Deby Behnke says:

    My mouth is watering over that burger!… I’ll definitely try this (and maybe add some bacon!)! Never tried with the Soup mix but I’ve always added minced onions in the patties. The mix might add a richer flavor! Sounds great!

  4. Barb says:

    bacon and cheese!

  5. Amy S. says:

    I like to add finely chopped onions and Worcestershire sauce.

  6. Kacee Nunez says:

    Cheese and bacon

  7. Jessica says:

    Sounds good! I love adding slices of avocado.

  8. Stephanie F. says:

    I always add worcestershire sauce right in my burgers.

  9. I’ve made chiorzo burgers before, but these look even better!

  10. Liz says:

    I can’t wait to try this one!

  11. Dawna says:

    I love to use LIpton Onion soup. Sometime beefy for burgers or roasts. It’s great for roasts!

  12. Shawn says:

    I like adding different cheeses and spices. Lots of variations have come out well – I don’t yet have a favorite.

  13. Marianna Mundhenk says:

    I love sauteed onions and mushrooms on my burgers.

  14. ritika says:

    I love pickled jalapeño peppers on my burgers!

  15. Marianna Mundhenk says:

    Looks yummy!!!

  16. Emily Wells says:

    Absolutely nothing, lol Good quality ground chuck, salt and pepper is the perfect burger for me. :)

  17. Holly says:

    I like some bbq sauce on my burgers!

  18. SandyN says:

    I love to mix feta or blue cheese crumbles into a burger!

  19. kolpin says:

    i like to add basil or other fresh herbs into my patty

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  20. Sarah says:

    Mixing in Spinach & Feta is super tasty!

  21. Elizabeth G. says:

    I like a fried egg and avocado on my burger!

  22. Alaine says:


  23. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I like to add cheese and avocado. My mouth is watering already ;)

  24. Gail says:

    Love a good burger – especially one w/a little fig jam & some pickled onions and good cheese

  25. Anne says:

    I sometimes add finely shredded carrots or zucchini to the burger meat prior to cooking. Not too much, just enough for a little added texture.

  26. Barbara Bradford says:

    Mine doesn’t sound as yummy as everybody else, but I always add about 3 Tbs. Wheat Germ, and 3 Tbs evaporated milk. I let this set for about 30 minutes in the frig, before making patties.

  27. Christy Spurlock says:

    Some type of BBQ sauce and lots of cheese

  28. Karen says:

    Grey’s chutney, I have added it to turkey burgers and love it, have been wanting to try it on beef.

  29. Shaina says:

    weell i dont eat red meat, so how about agood veggie burger with quinoa and black beans!

  30. libby says:

    I like to add cheese and minced onions

  31. Jamie says:

    I love putting in ground pork!

  32. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh we love to add some stove top stuffing!

  33. Betsy Barnes says:

    I love adding onions in my burgers, plus grilled onions on top. :)

  34. Susan Christy says:

    I have been adding onion soup mix for over 30 years — makes the best burger! I also like to do half ground pork and half ground beef.

  35. […] you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been on a big burger kick. First I brought you a beef burger patty with chorizo mixed right in with the beef. Then I brought you one with bacon mixed right […]

  36. Holly B says:

    Feta cheese!

  37. rebecca shockley says:

    Mushrooms and cheese

  38. Kelster says:

    Jerk seasoning

  39. Nataly Carbonell says:

    I love to add avocado! yum

  40. I’d add caramelized onions and lots of shredded cheese!

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  42. angel says:

    I always add A-1 sauce and minced garlic !

  43. Virginia Rapavi says:

    peppers and onions

  44. phyllis says:

    I was a guinea pig for this burger, and it was outstanding.

  45. Jayme J. says:

    I love adding mushrooms and cheese to my burger patties, but olives sound amazing!

  46. Heather says:

    I like to add salt, pepper, and worcestershire sauce to my burgers!

  47. Mary Happymommy says:

    I add bacon and avocado.

  48. Um…yeah! That sounds amazing. I love mixing up my burgers and this sounds like an amazing idea!

  49. Melissa K says:

    Summer grilling is so much fun and even better when you can experiment and even better when your experiment turns out to be a smashing hit! I like to add lipton onion soup mix with even more fresh onions chopped in the mix along with some Worcestershire sauce. I am telling you its superb!!!!

  50. Sandy says:

    I add crumbled bacon and cheese into the burger mix.

  51. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like To Add Fresh Queso, Bacon, Salsa, Topped With Sliced Avocado To My Burger.

  52. Katie says:

    yum! This burger sounds awesome! I love the idea of mixing the chorizo right into the meat!

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