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4 Burger and Hot Sauce Pairings That Are Sure to Spice Things Up

4 Burger and Hot Sauce Pairings That Are Sure to Spice Things Up

We all know the feeling—sometimes, you just need a juicy cheeseburger. And when the burger cravings hit, nothing else will suffice. But what if you’re also a lover of hot sauce? You can’t forget the sauce! So how about we get two birds stoned at once here? That’s right; we’ve created four delicious hot sauce-burger pairings that are not for the faint of heart. Take your burger game from really good to mind-blowingly great when you ditch traditional burger toppings for one of these alternative bad boys. From a spicy southwest burger to a tasty black bean stack for our vegan friends, we promise you won’t be disappointed. 

The toppings for the following four pairings are what make each of these Tabañero-inspired burgers unique, but let’s not overlook the importance of cooking the perfect burger patties for your base. Because this isn’t our first rodeo, we recommend a half-pound burger, and the recipe below yields four of ‘em. From there, simply choose your pairing, assemble your dream burger, and have fun experiencing burger enlightenment. Let’s get started, shall we?

Classic Burger Recipe:

Makes four 8oz burgers

  • 24oz chuck roast, ground
  • 8oz brisket, ground
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tbsp soft or melted butter


  1. Combine ground meat in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. 
  2. Once combined, divide into 4 even patties. Press and shape to your liking. 
  3. Season both sides generously with kosher salt and fresh pepper, pressing the seasonings into the meat.
  4. Using either a grill or a pan, cook the burgers on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they reach an optimal internal temperature. (Between 130℉ - 160℉)
  5. Brush burger with melted butter after flipping. Season again before assembling.
  6. Add desired toppings, buns, and enjoy. 

Outrageous Breakfast Burger

Want to wake up and start your day the outrageous way? The Outrageous Breakfast Burger combines all of the best elements of breakfast with everything you love about a classic cheeseburger. As your burger patty is finishing up, cover it with a thick slice of cheddar cheese. Let it melt to gooey perfection and then place it on a beautifully toasted english muffin. Cover your burger with 4 slices of crispy bacon, a your-way fried egg, and top it off by drizzling Tabañero Original Sauce back and forth to your heart’s content. Pro tip for the ‘gram: press on the top of the english muffin to see an egg yolk/hot sauce lava stream. 

Sweet n’ Spicy Hawaiian Burger

They say pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza, which is debatable, but it definitely belongs on this burger. The Sweet n’ Spicy Hawaiian Burger will make your tastebuds want to get lei’d and say “aloha!” As your burger’s sizzle is coming to a halt, top it with a soft cut of swiss cheese and place it on a toasted ciabatta roll. Sear one or two pineapple slices and place them gently on the burger. Lastly, drench that delicious pile of goodness with some Tabañero Spicy Agave Sauce. The tang from the pineapple, mild and creamy notes from the swiss, and the spicy and sweet nectar combine for an unbeatable cheeseburger, from the first bite to the last.

Southwestern Spicy Burger

*Insert cowboy whistle here* The Southwestern Spicy Burger is an oasis in the desert—it’s the perfect combination of hot and cold temperatures and it’s bursting with mouth-watering flavor. Finish off your burger patty by carefully smothering it with a piece of pepperjack cheese. Place your burger on a sturdy, toasted potato bun and neatly layer some thinly sliced avocado across the top. Add a couple of dollops of fresh pico de gallo and douse it with some Tabañero Extra Hot Sauce for a final kick in the rear. Insider tip: sprinkle it with a few crushed-up tortilla chips for some extra crunch—you won’t regret it. This southwestern masterpiece is an icon of flavor, with earthy avocado, juicy and sweet pico, sharp pepperjack, and the spicy zing of our habanero pepper-based hot sauce. 

Curry Black Bean Burger

Believe it or not, this black bean burger packs a punch that’s on par with any other burger pairing on this list. So whether you’re looking for a vegan option or just want to try something new, it’s time for Chef Curry with the pot… or the pan, rather. The Curry Black Bean Burger requires just three simple ingredients: black bean burger patties (cooked to perfection), freshly rinsed arugula, and—of course—Tabañero Curry Habanero Sauce. The deep, aromatic curry flavor of the hot sauce oozes over the crisp arugula and soaks wonderfully into the savory black bean burger patties. Oh, and a warm, toasted multigrain bun should fix you right up.

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