Food Snob Chronicles — The Ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger (El Gran Supremo)

In my best Don LaFontaine voice: In a time when the cheeseburger was set in stone … There was a burger that aspired to be more. Provocative … Inviting … Out of this world.

Yes. Seriously. The El Gran Supremo is that cheeseburger.

It has every element — the beefy, salty, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and spicy. You know you want to try this. And if you can think of a better name for this three-handed feast, I’ll change its name in your honor. Just send me an email.

The Ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger (El Gran Supremo)

The ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger — it's beefy, salty, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and spicy. You know you want to try this.

The ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger — it’s beefy, salty, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and spicy.
You know you want to try this.


5.0 from 2 reviews
The Ultimate Cheeseburger (El Gran Supremo)
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 2 lbs – Ground beef (75/25)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ lb – Bacon, halved and cooked crisp
  • 16 slices – Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 2-3 Avocados, thickly sliced
  • 2 cups – Cole slaw mix (cabbage/carrots)
  • 1 – Sweet red bell pepper, seeds/membrane removed, thinly sliced
  • Zest and juice of ½ lime
  • 1 TB – Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 TB – Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp – Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp – Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp – Chile powder (preferably Ancho)
  • Tortilla chips
  • 8 Hamburger buns/rolls – Toasted
  • Tomato salsa or Mexican hot sauce (optional)
Make the slaw
  1. Combine mayonnaise, lime zest and juice, salt, pepper and chile powder.
  2. Add cole slaw mix, sweet pepper slices and cilantro.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before making burgers.
Grill the burgers
  1. Shape beef into 8 patties.
  2. Sprinkle each liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Over a medium-high grill, cook for about 4 minutes per side.
Assemble these masterpieces
  1. On the bottom of each bun, place a slice of cheese;
  2. Add burger patty, then another slice of cheese;
  3. Add 2-3 bacon slices;
  4. Add 2-3 avocado slices, then hot sauce/salsa (if desired)
  5. Add 2-3 tortilla chips;
  6. Top with about ¼ cup of the slaw, then the top bun.
  7. Serve with Mexican street corn and plenty of napkins.



  1. If I ever ate beef again, i would start with this. Of course I would be perfectly happy without the beef. This looks like a pretty delicious concoction!

    • adamjholland says:

      This would work well with chicken … or even black bean burgers, for that matter. Thanks, Abbe! 🙂

  2. I just want some of that slaw! Love the chippy crunch!!!!

    • adamjholland says:

      I’m pleased that you said that, Debra, because the slaw was the one thing holding this burger back for a while. I tried it with my Jicama Slaw w/ Lime Vinaigrette, which was good. But the ‘creamy’ factor was missing. I think this slaw accomplishes both clean flavor and creaminess.

  3. Well that is a burger of epic proportions and one which may need more than 3 hands to handle it. I had the best slaw at a restaurant last week & have been having a craving for more. I see you got the bacon in there and the avocado … I’m not sure what you missed but this is a winner.

    • adamjholland says:

      Only one thing missing here, Diane.. It should be battered and deep-fried. 😉 I appreciate your kind words. Tell me more about the cole slaw and I might be able to help you replicate it.

      • Well for one, the vegetables we’resliced and not shredded which made it crisper. You know how some slaw gets all mushy? This tasted like they’d just made it with fresh carrots, not too much cabbage and I’m not sure what else. But the magic was the mayo sauce. I don’t know the brand but being from New England I only know Cains but it didn’t quite taste like Cains mayo. And it was sweet tasting.

        • adamjholland says:

          Hmm.. I prefer my slaw sliced (not finely shredded) like that. I like a mayo-based sauce that is not as sweet as the typical slaw out there. I don’t know Cains, but I do know a few other nationally available coleslaw dressings. Is there any other sauce that it compares with?

          • I can’t think of any sauce to compare it to but I’m with you on the sliced vegetables…might not have been clear because I too don’t like that finely shredded mush. I’m going to play around maybe use the Cains mayo. It could have just been how fresh the vegetables were. This restaurant has their own garden on top of their roof. It also could have been the wine that made everything taste so good as well as eating out on their beautiful patio. You know, food is a total experience 🙂

          • adamjholland says:

            Well, heck. You didn’t mention that you were sipping sauce at the time! That could make all the difference! 😉

  4. This burger looks AMAZING! I especially love how you did a mix of fresh (with the coleslaw and cilantro) and spicy (chili powder). Also also those textures – crispy, crunchy, smooth – it’s perfection!

    • adamjholland says:

      The spicy (in the picture anyway) is this wonderful chile pequin sauce that I buy at the local Mexican grocer. To me, it’s really not spicy. But to my bride (who thinks celery is spicy), well… 😉 Thank you, Beeta. I’ve been working on this concoction for some time and the burger in the photo went to my 19-year-old son and his friend. They cut it in half while I was assembling two more, but his friend kept saying “Wow. This is just an outstanding burger.” I must say that I’m proud of it.

  5. O.M.G. – Quit it. Slaw, avocado, bacon, hot sauce AND chips? Shut up. I’m dropping my mic and walking away; no words. Ok, fine.

    That looks superb 😉

  6. If I were vegan, I would give up that lifestyle after seeing this picture alone. That is how flakey I am – and how delicious this looks.

    Though I do think this should have a “DNEOFD” (Do Not Eat On First Date”) warning. It looks messy.

    • adamjholland says:

      If you were vegan, you would never come to this blog. Well, maybe you would … once. I’ve been down that vegan road and it was actually sort of fun. This burger, as I mentioned previously, would work with a black bean patty. Not sure what you’d do to replace the salty-smokiness of the bacon, because it’s been a few years since I’ve hung out in the vegan section of the market. — Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  7. Holey Avocado-Chips-and-Coleslaw Batman, this looks great! Seriously, yum!

  8. My gosh LOOK at that thing! Killer. Don’t let Bobby Flay see this one….

  9. That looks absolutely great. Don LaFontaine: “There arrived…the Hollando”

    • adamjholland says:

      Thanks, Joe! “What if the enemy … was one of them?” OK. I’m getting carried away.

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