RECIPES: Recipe Details

Rate This Burger 
No votes yet

Cincinnati 5-Way Chili Burgers

When I think Cincinnati, one dish comes to mind above all others. Chili. Not the Texas style chili we might all be familiar with, but a uniquely different one with a thin consistency and blend of flavors that include chocolate and cinnamon. It is often served on hot dogs as coneys or on top of spaghetti with mounds of soft shredded cheese (3 way), onions (4 way), beans (5 way) and topped with oyster crackers. Merging this local favorite with an all American favorite like the hamburger can only make it that much better!


Chili Sauce
16 ounces tomato juice
3 TBS chili powder
2 TBS cocoa powder
1 TBS paprika
1 TBS cider vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp beef bouillon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp bay leaf powder
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cardamom powder

2 pounds freshly ground chuck
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup reserved chili sauce
1 cup finely ground oyster crackers

Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6-4 inch soft hoagie rolls
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1 cup refried beans
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups finely shredded colby jack cheese
1 1/2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make the Chili Sauce, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and mix well. Set aside 3/4 cup for patties. Place sauce pan on preheated grill and simmer until ready to use.

Combine ground chuck, kosher salt, reserved chili sauce, and cracker crumbs in a large bowl. Mix well without over handling. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into oblong patties to fit the rolls.

Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil when the grill is ready. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. Remove from the heat and let rest while you lightly warm rolls on grill.

To assemble the burgers, open roll and brush inside w/mustard. Lay patty across roll on top of mustard. Top each patty with 2 tablespoons refried beans, 3-4 TBS chili sauce, 1 tablespoon chopped onions, 1/2 cup combined finely grated cheeses.

Makes 6 burgers


Chili seasoning packets just didn't seem to bring together the unique flavors desired for this chili sauce. While the ingredient list is long, they are combined very quickly and make it a combo worth trying. Pair it with the classy Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance the flavors in the chili.