Elotes Inspired Hamburgers

1 lb 93% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/3 cup grated cotija cheese
1 ear’s worth of corn kernels

spicy mayo:
1/2-1 teaspoon Tajín Clásico seasoning (chile lime seasoning)
1/2 cup mayonnaise

to serve:


In a medium bowl, combine all of the burger ingredients until evenly distributed. Form into 4 even patties. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the spicy mayo ingredients. Set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare grill according to manufacturer’s instructions. Grill the burgers, flipping once until desired doneness. Place on buns, top with spicy mayo. Serve immediately.

Warning! You might hear some of the corn “pop” as it cooks!

My thoughts:

I am sure this recipe is somehow blasphemous. I admit is it is a bit of a stretch but when I realized I had all the ingredients for elotes and ground beef, I couldn’t resist. It is kind of wacky but it works, I promise! Think of it as fusion if that helps. You get bursts of sweet corn and that lovely cheese flavor in every bite of burger and the spicy mayo sets it off perfectly. I served it with mango with Tajín sprinkled on, chips and guacamole. It was a great summer meal and a wonderful way to use up that last ear of corn. The burgers were so good, my husband gave an audible “Mmmm” and a thumbs up after one bite and raved about them all night.

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