Burger wraps are made for grilling

Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps are a switch from traditional grilled hamburgers.

Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps are a switch from traditional grilled hamburgers.

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Having just celebrated Labor Day, the last “hurrah” of summer, you can still keep the summer spirit alive and use your grill to prepare these quick burgers.

These burgers, while prepared on the grill, are a little different from your traditional grilled hamburgers. The patties are shaped to fit in the tortillas and the jalapenos, cilantro and salsa made them zesty and delicious.

The refried beans do make the burgers a little fragile, so you have to be careful when turning or removing them from the grill (or your broiler pan).

This recipe is from Scripps’ Food Network, courtesy of EatingWell.com

Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps

12 oz. lean ground beef

1 cup refried beans

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 T. chopped pickled jalapenos

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

1/2 cup prepared salsa

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

4 whole-wheat tortillas

2 cups shredded lettuce

1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

1 lime, cut into wedges

Prepare grill as if cooking any burger(or if you choose to cook inside, prepare your broiler pan and use any non-stick cooking spray), Gently combine ground beef, beans, cilantro and jalapenos in medium bowl (don’t overmix).

Shape into four 5 by 2 inch oblong patties and place on grill or prepared pan.

Grill until center is no longer pink and burgers are done, around 15 minutes. If using broiler pan, broil the patties until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 165 degrees, 12 to 14 minutes.

Meanwhile, mash together avocado, salsa and garlic powder in a small bowl. Place tortillas on a clean work surface and spread each with the guacamole mixture, then sprinkle with the lettuce and cheese. Top each with a burger and roll into a wrap.

Serve immediately with lime wedges.

To warm tortillas: Wrap in foil, bake at 300 degrees until steaming, about 5 minutes. Or wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on high for about 30 seconds.

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