The Spanish Burger (with Chorizo right in the Patty!!)

Today I’m telling you about about a fiesta of a burger recipe. This burger recipe has chorizo sausage mixed right into the patty. It’s amazing. So amazing that a version of this burger got me into the finals of the Whole Foods Fill the Grill Competition. 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.

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 go “ba-bling”. I clicked immediately. My eyes got big and round, I got hungry and my brain made it’s own “ba-bling” noise.

The Flamenco Burger: This burger recipe is special! There's chorizo sausage right in the patty for flavor and extreme juiciness by


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).

The Flamenco Burger: This burger recipe is special! There's chorizo sausage right in the patty for flavor and extreme juiciness by

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 containing tomato and parsley
-Manchego cheese (yes! yes! yes!)

I added black olives to the tomato and parsley condiment, 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 Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix for a seasoning boost. The result amazed me.

The Flamenco Burger: This burger recipe is special! There's chorizo sausage right in the patty for flavor and extreme juiciness by

It was by far the best burger I’d ever made.

My parents were over for the first taste test and they not only loved it but my dad, after finished his own burger,  went to the remains of my photoshoot and snagged the cold forgotten burger that was sitting there. Yes, it was that good.

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:



The Flamenco Burger

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 burgers


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 Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix
  • 8 oz. chorizo, roughly chopped
  • 81 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, Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix and the chorizo. Shape into 8 equal-sized ½ inch thick patties. Transfer the patties to the grill and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, until well browned. Top each patty with a slice of Manchego cheese and cook until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted.
  4. 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. Olé!
Disclosure: Litpon Recipe Secrets has paid me with a $100 cash gift card to develop the above recipe using a Lipton product, take the above pictures and tell you about it on my blog. They also provided three $50 cash gift cards for a giveaway that is now closed. All opinions are my own.

55 Responses to “The Spanish Burger (with Chorizo right in the Patty!!)”

  1. Deby Behnke — August 19, 2013 @ 6:58 pm (#)

    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!

  2. Barb — August 19, 2013 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    bacon and cheese!

  3. Amy S. — August 19, 2013 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    I like to add finely chopped onions and Worcestershire sauce.

  4. Kacee Nunez — August 19, 2013 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    Cheese and bacon

  5. Jessica — August 19, 2013 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    Sounds good! I love adding slices of avocado.

  6. Stephanie F. — August 19, 2013 @ 11:41 am (#)

    I always add worcestershire sauce right in my burgers.

  7. Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice — August 19, 2013 @ 11:32 am (#)

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

  8. Liz — August 19, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#)

    I can’t wait to try this one!

  9. Dawna — August 19, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#)

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

  10. Shawn — August 19, 2013 @ 11:26 am (#)

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

  11. Marianna Mundhenk — August 19, 2013 @ 11:22 am (#)

    I love sauteed onions and mushrooms on my burgers.

  12. ritika — August 19, 2013 @ 11:22 am (#)

    I love pickled jalapeño peppers on my burgers!

  13. Marianna Mundhenk — August 19, 2013 @ 11:20 am (#)

    Looks yummy!!!

  14. Emily Wells — August 19, 2013 @ 11:18 am (#)

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

  15. Holly — August 19, 2013 @ 11:15 am (#)

    I like some bbq sauce on my burgers!

  16. SandyN — August 19, 2013 @ 11:02 am (#)

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

  17. kolpin — August 19, 2013 @ 10:02 am (#)

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

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  18. Sarah — August 17, 2013 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    Mixing in Spinach & Feta is super tasty!

  19. Elizabeth G. — August 17, 2013 @ 7:16 am (#)

    I like a fried egg and avocado on my burger!

  20. Alaine — August 16, 2013 @ 1:01 pm (#)


    • Christine Pittman — August 16, 2013 @ 6:28 pm (#)

      I adore avocado on my burger. Good call!

  21. Natalie J Vandenberghe — August 14, 2013 @ 1:10 am (#)

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

  22. Gail — August 13, 2013 @ 9:39 pm (#)

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

  23. Anne — August 13, 2013 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    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.

  24. Barbara Bradford — August 13, 2013 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    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.

  25. Christy Spurlock — August 13, 2013 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    Some type of BBQ sauce and lots of cheese

  26. Karen — August 13, 2013 @ 1:42 pm (#)

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

  27. Shaina — August 13, 2013 @ 11:59 am (#)

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

  28. libby — August 13, 2013 @ 11:51 am (#)

    I like to add cheese and minced onions

  29. Jamie — August 13, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#)

    I love putting in ground pork!

  30. Laura Jacobson — August 12, 2013 @ 11:43 pm (#)

    Oh we love to add some stove top stuffing!

  31. Betsy Barnes — August 12, 2013 @ 5:56 pm (#)

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

  32. Susan Christy — August 12, 2013 @ 12:09 am (#)

    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.

  33. Holly B — August 11, 2013 @ 12:56 am (#)

    Feta cheese!

  34. rebecca shockley — August 9, 2013 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Mushrooms and cheese

  35. Kelster — August 9, 2013 @ 3:19 am (#)

    Jerk seasoning

  36. Nataly Carbonell — August 7, 2013 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    I love to add avocado! yum

  37. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — August 7, 2013 @ 8:22 am (#)

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

  38. angel — August 6, 2013 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    I always add A-1 sauce and minced garlic !

  39. Virginia Rapavi — August 6, 2013 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    peppers and onions

  40. phyllis — August 6, 2013 @ 5:52 pm (#)

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

  41. Jayme J. — August 6, 2013 @ 4:19 pm (#)

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

  42. Heather — August 6, 2013 @ 1:16 pm (#)

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

  43. Mary Happymommy — August 6, 2013 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    I add bacon and avocado.

  44. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 6, 2013 @ 12:36 pm (#)

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

  45. Melissa K — August 6, 2013 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    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!!!!

  46. Sandy — August 6, 2013 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    I add crumbled bacon and cheese into the burger mix.

  47. Heather Hayes Panjon — August 6, 2013 @ 10:40 am (#)

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

  48. Katie — August 6, 2013 @ 10:13 am (#)

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

    • Katie — August 6, 2013 @ 10:14 am (#)

      p.s. I would love to add bacon fat and pieces of cooked bacon into my burger… I think it would be the ultimate bacon burger.

      • Christine Pittman — August 6, 2013 @ 10:36 am (#)

        Stay tuned, my friend. I have a burger just like that coming up for you tomorrow! lol.


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