Chili Burger is the ultimate burger recipe. Hamburger patty is topped with a hearty chili mixture and served with your favorite burger toppings.

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We love making homemade burgers but this Chili burger has become a new family favorite. This burger is meaty, hearty and fully of delicious flavor. This easy beef recipe needs to be on your menu this summer.

Change up your classic smash burger recipe, with this chili burger. If you like trying new burger recipes, try this Chipotle Burger, Italian Sausage Burger, Peanut Butter Burger Recipe, Portobello Mushroom Burger Recipe or Chili Cheese Burger.

Why We Love This Recipe

Chili is one of my favorite recipes when the weather gets colder. Now I can enjoy it all year long with this chili burger recipe. The simple ingredients makes this always on the menu when we grill out.

Take your burger to the next level with this Chili Burger Recipe.

Ingredients

Chili burger ingredients - ground beef, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, hamburger buns

For the Chili

  • Ground Beef
  • Small Onion, finely chopped
  • Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

For the Burger

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Hamburger Buns

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients.

Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Add in ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for heat if you prefer.
  • Vegetables – Feel free to sneak in veggies in the chili sauce mixture. Bell peppers are always a great option.
  • Change Meat – Feel free to use ground turkey instead of ground beef if you prefer. You can also do a combination of both of you prefer.

Step by Step Instructions

For the Chili

Cooked ground beef in a skillet

Step 1 – In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain any excess fat.

Cooked ground beef in a skillet with chopped onions

Step 2 – Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot, sautéing until translucent.

Adding in kidney beans, chili powder, and cumin in this skillet with the ground beef

Step 3 – Stir in the tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili powder, and cumin.

Allowing the chili to simmer in the skillet

Step 4 – Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make Burger Patties

Combining the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder in a bowl

Step 1 – In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Optionally, add smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for additional flavor (heat).

Forming the ground beef into patties and placing in a bowl

Step 2 – Mix the ingredients well and form into burger patties.

Cooking the hamburger patties on a skillet

Step 3 – Grill or cook the patties in a skillet until they reach your desired level of doneness.

Placing the hamburger patties on a bun and topping with chili

Step 4 – Place the cooked hamburger patties on the buns. Spoon a generous amount of chili over each patty. Top with bun and serve.

Recipe Tips

  • Chili Consistency – If you prefer a thicker chili, you can simmer it for a longer period to reduce the liquid. For a thinner chili, you can add a bit more broth or tomato sauce. 
  • Cooking Hamburger Patties – Cook the patties on a large skillet over medium-high heat. You can also grill them or cook them on the Blackstone Griddle.
Close up image of chili burger on a plate with a side of French Fries

Serving Suggestions

These burgers are delicious served with your favorite burger toppings. Top the burger with a slice of cheese, lettuce, and your favorite condiments.

Add a side of French Fries or Grilled Broccoli for a quick and easy side dish. If you need more ideas, check out these Easy Burger Side Dishes.

close up image of chili burger

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

We recommend storing the chili and the burger patties separately. Store in airtight containers and place in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can easily prepare the chili and burger patties ahead of time. Then when ready to serve reheat and make your burger.

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Chili Burger

5 from 1 vote
Chili Burger is the ultimate burger recipe. Hamburger patty is topped with a hearty chili mixture and served with your favorite burger toppings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 845

Ingredients

For the Chili:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 can 15 ounces kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Burger:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for heat
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Instructions

For the Chili:

  • In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot, sautéing until translucent.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili powder, and cumin.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the Burger Patties:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Optionally, add smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for additional flavor (heat).
  • Mix the ingredients well and form into burger patties.
  • Grill or cook the patties in a skillet until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  • If using cheese, add a slice to each patty about one minute before they are done cooking.
  • Toast the hamburger buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes, if desired.

To Assemble:

  • Place the cooked hamburger patties on the buns.
  • Spoon a generous amount of chili over each patty.
  • Add any additional optional toppings you like.
  • Place the top bun on and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Chili Consistency: If you prefer a thicker chili, you can simmer it for a longer period to reduce the liquid. For a thinner chili, you can add a bit more broth or tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 845kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 52g, Fat 49g, Saturated Fat 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 20g, Trans Fat 3g, Cholesterol 161mg, Sodium 2402mg, Potassium 1566mg, Fiber 10g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 1932IU, Vitamin C 16mg, Calcium 174mg, Iron 11mg

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