Monterey Jack Burgers with Lime Aioli

Delicious hamburger on the grill, Photo by Vitaly Kushnir of Pexels

Say goodbye to boring hamburgers. These flavorful beefy burgers are bursting with taste and are perfectly complimented with a zesty lime aioli and Monterey Jack cheese.

Aioli is a sauce made with garlic and olive oil and found in Mediterranean, French, and Spanish cuisines. In this recipe we take a shortcut and use mayonnaise and garlic powder to produce a zesty aioli of our own!

Yield: 4 servings of flavorful grilled beefy burgers


  • 8 ounces ground beef (at least 15 percent fat)
  • 8 ounces ground sirloin
  • One egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • One fourth cup panko or bread crumbs
  • 4 thick slices Monterey Jack cheese (or 8 thin slices)
  • One half cup mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • Two teaspoons garlic powder (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • One half teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • One half teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns (I like brioche buns)
  • Garnishes of your choice


Prepare your work area

  1. Run a few inches of warm soapy water before you start the recipe so you have a handy place to plunge your fingers when needed. Read our post “Start with soapy hot water”.
  2. Have a towel available at your side that travels with you to quickly dry your fingers.
  3. Use a work tray to contain any spills that might occur.

Apron, Towel Clips, Work Trays

Recipe Tip

Make your aioli first so the ingredients have time to blend.


Step 1:
Juice a lime to produce 4 teaspoons of lime juice and put into a bowl.

Mesh Strainer, Wet Measure Spoons

Step 2:
Add one half cup mayonnaise to the bowl

Wet Measure Cups

Step 3:
Add one teaspoon garlic powder

Dry Measure Spoons

Step 4:
Add one-half teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Step 5:
Mix well

Step 6:
Add salt to taste

Step 7:
Cover and refrigerate

Chef Debra Erickson grilling in the Columbia River Gorge
Chef Debra grilling. To see more grilling tools go to our Grilling and BBQ Collection

Prepare the beef mixture

Step 8:
In a large bowl, whisk one egg

Step 9:
Mix in 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Step 10:
Add in one fourth cup of Panko or bread crumbs and mix well

Step 11:
Add to the bread and egg mixture:

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • One-half teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • One half teaspoon black pepper

Mix well.

Delicious hamburger on the grill, Photo by Vitaly Kushnir of Pexels
Beefy burgers on the grill

Step 12:
Add the 8 ounces of ground beef and 8 ounces of ground sirloin and mix until well combined.

Step 13:
Form seasoned beef into 4 patties, about three quarters inch thick.

Patty Maker

Step 14:
Grill or pan fry the burger patties

Double Spatula, Grilling Gloves or Heat Gloves, Grill Glove Clips

Step 15:
Add cheese while still warm to allow it to melt a bit

Step 16:
Garnish with lime aioli and any other condiments of your choice.


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