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Ultimate Comfort Chili Burger

In the middle of the winter, especially an Iowa blizzard, nothing tastes better or warms the heart more than chili. It is the ultimate in comfort foods and makes all your problems go away!


2 pounds ground chuck
4 tablespoons minced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup chili beans mashed with 1 tablespoon sauce

Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill rack
6 slices cheddar cheese
12 slices Texas toast
6 tomato slices
6 tablespoons sour cream
1 ½ cups Fritos corn chips


Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover.

To make the patties, in a large bowl, combine ground chuck, onion, garlic powder, chili powder, sugar and beans. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Shape mixture into 6 equal patties approximately 1-inch thick.

When grill is ready, brush the rack with oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference (5-7 minutes on each side for medium) or until internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees F. During last 2 minutes of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheese

Meanwhile, place toast along outer edges of rack to toast lightly. Then grill tomato slices for 1-2 minutes per side.

To assemble the burgers, top 6 slices toast with a patty, 1 tomato slice, 1 tablespoon sour cream, ¼ cup Fritos and another slice of toast. Serve.

Makes 6 burgers.