Cheddar Burgers with Southwest Sauce

Is it warming up where you live? Our high today is 60 degrees! This girl is ready to bust out the shorts and t-shirts and fire up the grill! I was out running last week and someone in our neighborhood was grilling already….mmmm….that smell had me craving burgers. But not just any burger (oh no-no-no) BIG, JUICY, CHEESEBURGERS with sauce oozing out the sides with lettuce and a soft bun. My. Oh. My.

Cheddar Burgers and Southwest Sauce

 This burger recipe is quintessentially “our style” of burger. If you come over to our house during the warm months I will be pattying up these burgers and Nate will be throwing them on the grill! I grew up in a plain patty kind of household and converted to a throw everything but the kitchen sink in patty and then after a few overly salty-spiced disasters, we’ve landed in the middle. The beef (grass-fed, lean) is the star, the cheddar and southwest sauce complement it in the most tasty way.

homemade cheddar burgers

Oh and the southwest sauce seems fancy and will totally impress all your friends, but it’s not fancy at all. It’s so easy to whip up with just a few things you already have. I’ll totally keep it a secret if you will.

southwest sauce

I suggest serving with lettuce for crunch and maybe onions if that’s your thing. Also, be sure to do up some fries (I loved baked sweet potato fries!) so you can dip them in the extra sauce. Mmm–mmm.

Cheddar Burger with southwest sauce

Cheddar Burgers with Southwest Sauce

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Cheddar Burgers with Southwest Sauce - These completely crave-able cheeseburgers have cheese inside and out! Topped with an easy southwest sauce you're gonna want fire up the grill and make this tasty cheeseburger recipe fast!


  • 1 pound grass-fed lean ground beef
  • 1/3-1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Buns
  • Sliced Cheddar cheeese
  • For Southwest Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup ketsup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup southwest ranch dressing


  1. Use hands to mix all ingredients thoroughly. Divide into 4 separate sections, roll each section into a ball and then form a patty. Use your thumb to make a dimple in the center of the patty to help it cook evenly in the center. (Optional--During the last minute top burger with cheddar cheese slice)
  2. Place on grill (or in a lightly greased fry pan) and cook 3-5 minutes on each side until cooked to desired doneness.
  3. Stir ketsup, barbecue sauce, and southwest dressing together to form sauce.
  4. Layer bun, patty, sauce, and cheese on bun. EAT!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 969mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 47g

Nutritional information is approximate and will vary based on exact ingredients used.

grass fed cheeseburger

Cheddar Burger with southwest sauce

 You won’t regret making these burgers! They are great kickstart to the grilling season and the cheddar cheese & southwest sauce takes them up a notch from ordinary burgers! 

[tweetthis]Grilled Cheddar Burgers with Southwest Sauce. Yes Please! #recipe #grilling[/tweetthis]

Have you grilled yet this year? What’s your favorite thing to make on the grill? 

If you liked this post you may also enjoy…

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad

Healthy Chicken Caesar Salad--made with roasted chickpeas and grilled chicken


Italian Turkey Burgers


Thanks for reading! If you like this post be sure to pin, share and tweet it! Linking up to Tried it Tuesday & Tasty Tuesday & Momma Told Me & Recipe Friday & Foodie Friday…check out some other great link parties too!

Similar Posts


    1. Isn’t it the best! We are so excited to enjoy our backyard since we moved in November we haven’t really gotten to use it or the deck–I have a feeling we will be out there a LOT!!

    1. Grilling is the best because it is less work for me! I can just kick back with a drink while my hubby mans the grill! 😀

  1. We barbequed up some tri-tip last night…definitely grilling season here in California! I love burgers and am experimenting with a few new combos already!

    1. Mmm that sounds so good! I am so jealous of California’s weather–if only I could get my entire family to move out there with me!

    1. Yeah, I picked it up on a total whim and then I decided that all three together would probably be amazing. I wasn’t wrong. 😀

  2. Those look delicious! I love the idea of cheddar in the meat. It’s supposed to get up to 72 here today! So far it’s in the mid-60’s but I’m already wearing no coat, not socks and have an iced coffee!

    1. Woohoo! Yeah, warm weather! Iced coffee sounds so good…it’s one of those summer pleasures I forget about. 🙂

    1. I watched Rachel Ray do it a long time ago and my mind was blown. She also taught me about dimpling patties. She’s a smart cookie! Hopefully you can get a grill soon!

    1. New grills are awesome and free grill are even better! Last year I bought my husband an AMAZING grill for his birthday! But it was really a gift to myself to get me out of cooking. Haha! #sotricky

    1. I love that burgers can be so versatile like that! Wrap it in lettuce or eat it plain…you could even make this as a turkey burger!

  3. Oh boy I can smell and taste that burger through the screen. Some of my acquaintances call me Wimpy because when I go out I typically order a delicious burger. I’m really digging that special Southwest sauce. YUM!! We might be trying this Summer.

    1. Peanut butter bacon…wow….hmm, yeah it sounds…interesting, but sometimes you have to risk big to win big, right?!

  4. This definitely just put me in the summer mindset! They look fantastic and I love the idea of mixing some of the cheese up in the patty…I grew up in a “just top w/ cheese” household so will have to see how this compares.

  5. Oh my gooodness these look so good! I’m always trying to find new ways to spice up my burgers. I’m such a fan of them and obviously I can’t eat them all the time so I have to constantly come up with new creative solutions to my addiction! Haha. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  6. Your Southwest Sauce is just in time for Burger season and it sure looks good, Kate! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
    Miz Helen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.