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Southwestern Frito Burger

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Who’s the grill master at your house? If roasted vegetables are on the dinner menu usually I assume the task as grill master. If we’re putting chicken or hamburgers on the grill, I leave that job to Ryan because I tend to overcook the meat.

I asked Ryan if he would be able to pass his grilling knowledge onto me, because ladies should know how to make a tasty burger too! So this past weekend I attended Ryan’s Grilling School. I don’t think I would go again, the conference fee was so expensive.. haha, just kidding!

Southwestern Frito Burger | thefirstyearblog.com
I told Ryan that I wanted to make a Southwestern Frito Burger but we didn’t have all the supplies, so I checked Walmart’s website to see what was on sale, and they had a great deal on Kraft Cheese and Kraft BBQ sauce and they always have reasonable beef prices. If you like shopping at Walmart I definitely recommend using the rollback section on their website. It saves me time when I get to Walmart because I’m not wandering around looking for the best deal.

I stopped at Walmart and picked up everything I would need to attend Ryan’s Grilling School. Luckily I didn’t have to buy a new propane tank.. that must be covered in Class 2 of Ryan’s Grilling School.

I learned how to season the beef, adding Ryan’s secret ingredient (bbq sauce) for extra flavor. I learned what heat to grill the burger on and when to know to flip the burger. Overall I think I did a pretty good job – Ryan did say that this was the best homemade burger I’ve ever made him.. he’s a jokester because it’s the only burger I’ve ever made him!

Southwestern Frito Burger | thefirstyearblog.com
If you like to shop at Walmart, you’ll want to hear about their current reward program called Paisley Points.

Shop for select Kraft Foods cheese brands at Walmart, scan your receipt and earn rewards. You can earn Walmart gift cards at various point levels and you’ll also be entered for a chance to win Brad Paisley memorabilia. There’s nothing better than burgers and Brad Paisley.

Southwestern Frito Burger | thefirstyearblog.com
This Southwestern Frito Burger has all your favorite toppings – extra cheese, onions, tomato, cilantro, avocado, and fritos. The fritos add a delicious salty crunch – if you like putting chips on your sandwiches, you’ll like fritos on your burger!

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Southwestern Frito Burger

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4


  • Kraft Jalapeño Natural Cheese Slices
  • 2 tbsp Kraft Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce
  • 1.5-2 pounds beef
  • 4 buns
  • onion, sliced
  • tomato, sliced
  • fresh cilantro
  • avocado, sliced
  • frito chips
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, small amount


  1. Heat the grill to high.
  2. Divide the beef into 4 equal portions. On top of each portion, evenly divide the cumin, garlic powder, and 2 tbsp of Kraft BBQ Sauce. Add your desired amount of salt and pepper, mix into the beef. As you are forming the burgers, make a deep depression in the center with your thumb.
  3. Spread a small amount of olive oil onto the outside of each burger, this will prevent them from sticking to the grill. Grill the burgers until they are slightly charred on the bottom side, 3-4 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for 4 more minutes.
  4. Remove the burgers from the grill.
  5. Place the burgers on a bun, top with Kraft Jalapeño Natural Cheese Slices, onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, fritos, and your desired condiments.

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  1. Southwestern flavors are some of my favorites! So many awesome textures in this burger from the smooth avocado to crunchy fritos! Yum!

    • Mallory, you described this burger perfectly! Thanks for your kind comment!

  2. LOVE the fritos on the burger and all the southwest flavor. YES PLEASE!

  3. This looks ah-mazing! Love all the fun toppings. It could also be gluten free with out the bun! Can’t wait to try this!

  4. YUM!! It’s only 8am and I want this delicious southwestern frito burger! I love frito’s and I need to try this burger ASAP! Pinned :)

  5. I leave most of the grilling up to my hubs too! This year I’ve finally started attempting to grill and it’s going ok! Love that this burger is topped with some crunch!

    • Even though Ryan taught me how to grill, I might still leave the grilling up to him :-)

  6. Okay, that cheese on that delicious burger is killing me!! Looks soooo good, Beth!!

  7. Love the flavors of this burger! My husband loves grilling, so I’m usually the one that just comes up with the ideas! ;) I’ll have to pass this along to him!

    • We food bloggers deserve a day off from cooking, and that when our husbands can grill!

  8. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!! #client

  9. This burger looks amazing, Beth – love the addition of Fritos for crunch!

  10. My hubby is definitely the grill master in our house! Definitely gotta try these!

  11. This looks incredible and Fritos are a weakness for me! I’ll have to make myself a veggie burger version. Yum!

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