In Albuquerque, N.M. there is a small chain of locally owned fast-food restaurants called Bob's Burgers. Although Bob's is best known for the Ranchero Burger, which comes on a soft bun, smothered in super hot chile, the taco burger's queso topping is absolutely irresistible. This version will get you close, but not quite all the way to the real thing - and also probably halfway to a heart attack.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 pre-made taco shells
- 1 cup chile con queso (recipe follows)
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 tomato, diced
Preheat a charcoal or gas grill.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with salt and pepper and gently form the mixture into 4 wide, flat patties. Do not squash the patties!
Grill the burgers over high heat until they reach the desired level of doneness. On a cooler part of the grill, heat the taco shells in a small flame-proof baking pan.
As soon as the burgers are cooked, slice them in half and put them in the taco shells. Top with warm chile con queso, followed by diced tomato and shredded lettuce. Serve immediately.