California Burger with Avocado Relish

by Kevin H. on July 23, 2014 · 0 comments

California Burger
This is just fun. I felt like doing a completely different burger to add to The Ultimate Burger Guide, so I let my good friend, Jeremy, and my brother-in-law Brian (both have lived in California) inspire me. I did some research and BAM – California Burger was born.

I kept the meat simple and only flavored with the basics: Salt & Pepper, garlic, onion.

Apparently to be a true California burger you must use Monterrey Jack. So I did that. You also need avocado. So I did that too – with an extraordinary flare by making avocado relish. YUM.

And, um, that’s pretty much it.  But still – BAM – I give you our California Burger.


California Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

4-5 burgers

California Burger


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Sliced Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • 1/2 tbs Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • For Avocado Relish
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/2 shallot
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Mix spices with the ground beef.
  2. Make into about 5 patties.
  3. Set up your grill for direct cooking - high temp.
  4. Cook burgers for about 5 minutes on each side at a grill temp of at least 350, until the internal temperature is 150 - medium well.
  5. Two minutes before finishing the burger, place 2 slices of Monterrey Jack cheese on burger and close lid to melt cheese.
  6. Place on bun and top with avocado relish.

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