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This is the start of many delicious football-ish/game day foods.

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

It’s August twenty-seventh, which means we have only about two weeks left till the start of football. I know that some people get excited for the start of football season for, well – the football. For me, football season symbolizes cozy fall nights by the fire and some really good food. Therefore, I figured that it was probably time to slowly start dishing out the football inspired foods. Plus, how perfect would these burgers also be for the long Labor Day weekend coming up???

Which by the way, I cannot believe it is already Labor day weekend. How does this sneak up on me every year?? Do you guys have any fun plans?

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

Since I really have nothing too exciting to share, let’s just get right to these Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Corn Fritters today.

The truth is these burgers are all the excitement this post needs. I mean, did you read the street corn fritter part??

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

I am going through a corn frenzy at the moment…err, corn and tomato frenzy. Can you blame me though? It’s the height of the season and I cannot get enough. Basically what I am trying to say is, I would expect a lot of corn from now through September. It’s gonna be gettin good.

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

The base of these burgers start out with a super flavorful and moist ground chicken. Well, I used chicken, but you could use turkey too. I seasoned the meat with some spices and chipotle chile peppers. I know that chicken and turkey burgers can tend to be a little dry, but not these. All you taste is deliciousness and a whole lot of cheddar cheese.

FYI, the combo of chipotle and cheddar will always be a favorite of mine. The seasoning I used for these burgers is a combo I have been using since way before the blog. I first started using it when I began making my brother steak burritos after snowboarding. I just experimented a little and found that this combo worked pretty awesomely. It’s one of my favorite seasonings. A little spicy and just a teensy bit sweet. Perfection.

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

Ok, so I love the burgers, but to be honest they are just a vessel to hold the street corn fritters. Oh my gosh, these fritters.

Best. Fritters. Ever.

It’s no secret that I love corn fritters. I mean, I have made kind a few over a short period of time. These sweet ones paired with summer fruit, these savory BLT fritters and these delicious fritters that I need to make again, stuffed with spinach, artichokes and BRIE! These street corn fritters though?? Well they may be my new favorite out of them all. Do you guys remember this Mexican street corn quinoa salad? Well, I took those flavors, took away the quinoa, added lots of cotija cheese and fried them into the cutest little fritters to place on top of your burgers. They’re the best thing ever.

I love fries on my burgers, but fritters may just be better. They are crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, sweet from the corn and umm, the cotija cheese – yeah, that should pretty much have you sold.

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

Really, I do not think I could think of a better game day burger if I tried. Your tailgating party needs these, your Labor Day needs these, your Sunday night, Monday night and jeez, even your Thursday night needs these. Heck, even tonight you needs these. It’s mid week so make something fun. Something down right delicious is always needed, it’ll help get you through till Friday!

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Burgers
Calories Per Serving: 1001 kcal

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  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 3/4 whole panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 in chipotle chiles adobo from a can minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices thick sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 brioche burger buns toasted
  • 1-2 avocados mashed lightly with lime juice 2T cilantro, pinch of salt + pepper
  • [chipotle mayo |] for serving (optional)

Mexican Street Corn Frittes

  • 1 jalapeno seeded + minced
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk any % you prefer
  • 1 1/4 cups sweet yellow corn about 2 ears
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4-6 ounces cotija cheese crumbled
  • canola oil for frying


  • To prepare the burgers add the ground turkey or chicken to a medium bowl. Add the panko, lime juice, garlic, chipotle chiles, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Mix until just combined and then form the meat into 4 equal size patties. Place on a plate and put in the fridge until ready to cook.
  • To make the corn fritters, add the flour, baking powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and milk to a bowl. Stir until combined. Fold in the corn, cilantro and cotija cheese. It should be the consistency of a very thick pancake batter, if needed add a tablespoon more of milk. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Preheat your grill to medium high heat.
  • Add oil to a large saucepan and heat over medium high heat. When the oil is hot add a about 1-2 teaspoons of batter to the pot. Fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel, then repeat with remaining batter. Keep the fritters warm in the oven until the burgers are ready.
  • Meanwhile turn up your grill or a grill pan to high heat. Grill the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare or longer for your desired doneness. Add the cheddar cheese during the last minute of cooking.
  • Spread a little mayo over the bottom of the toasted buns. Divide the burgers among the buns. Spread the mashed avocados over the burgers and top with street corn fritters. Add the top bun. DEVOUR.

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Burgers with Mexican Street Corn Fritters | @hbharvest

This shot above – it’s just for show, trust me, these corn fritters were all eaten. So don’t leave any behind, they’re just too crazy good to waste!.

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  1. Did you really mean “medium rare”
    For turkey or chicken burgers? I’m thinking that was a mistake. Just letting you know that you should probably change that!

  2. Just thought you should know that your recipe notes cooking the chicken burgers to medium rare in one of the last lines… eek! Making now and caught that.

    1. Thanks also says “or to your desired doneness”:) So if you prefer to cook them longer you should do that. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how they turn out!!

  3. Hello! I have made this recipe before with ground chicken and it was so good! The fritters were amazing as well! How do you think this would taste with ground beef instead of ground chicken or turkey? Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Jo,
      I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! I think ground beef would be great! xTieghan

  4. Hello! Looking at making theses burgers this weekend. Quick question- I’m having trouble finding the cotija cheese for the corn fritters. Is there another cheese I could use or that you would recommend? Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Jodi,
      Any other Mexican cheese that you are able to find would work well here. I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Full disclosure: I did not make the corn fritters. However, the turkey burger was, as my husband described it, “one of the top three turkey burgers” he’s ever had! Lots of great flavor, and I appreciated being able to form the burgers during my daughters nap so all the prep was done for dinner. Can’t wait to make more recipes!

    1. That is so great! Thank you so much for trying this recipe, Blayre! I am glad it turned out so well for you! xTieghan

    1. I am sure beef will be great! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  6. 4 stars
    Not too sure about your medium-rare suggestion for chicken…Also, you have neglected to say where the jalapeño and green onions go that are included in the fritter recipe. Was very tasty with the chicken cooked thoroughly!

  7. Hey Tieghan, do you think the burgers could be made vegetarian easily? Like maybe using black beans instead of ground chicken or turkey? I can’t wait to try these! They sound SO good!!

    1. Hey Whytney!!

      I think you give that a try (using the beans in place of the meat) or use the seasonings in this recipe + a veggie burger recipe (i have few on the site). Let me know if you have questions, happy to help you with this! THANKS! 🙂

  8. Just came across your recipe at pinterest and now i’m drooling lol i love corn fritters and in the burger it’s just an awesome idea.
    do you make your brioche burger buns yourself? and could you please give me the recipe?!

  9. These were yummy although a bit messy to eat! Since the cotija cheese came in a 7oz package, I threw the remaining 1-2 ounces into the hamburger mix and it was super tasty! My 16-month-old loved the burger and the corn fritters!

  10. Tried these burgers tonight! One word, “delicious.” We are planning on trying the mexican corn fritters soon! Yummy!

  11. OMG Tieghan! Every recipe I have made from your blog is awesome!!! The burger and fritters are my favorite- so far. I doubled the recipe and froze them for a busy week night meal. Unfortunately the fritters didn’t make it very long in the freezer because my kids wanted to eat them as snacks and we had a few with eggs for breakfast . Delicious!

  12. omg. I’m a little slow on the draw here, but whoa. you’ve taken some of my favorite things (epic burgers, fritters, avocados, mexican cheese!) and put them all together in a crazy stack that I totally, totally want to put in my mouth right now!

  13. Corn tots?!?!? Those look so amazing. I’m switching up the guac for maybe a blue cheese spread and then eating this burger every day forever.

  14. Hi! I’m 13 and I have only recently found my passion for cooking in your past year or so, anyway, I just want to say.. your blog has changed my life! I’m trying to cook all your recipes because they are truly amazing. When I started cooking, it was really fustratrting because I had trouble finding good foodblogs with trustworhty recipes, most of the food I made ended up way too complicated and tasted really weird and horible. But ever since I have found your blog, it has really helped me become more inspired to food. I made this recipe only recently for my family and it was amazing! (they loved it) my picky brother even ate it too (he’s really really picky)

    1. Awe, THANK YOU! You are so sweet and I am so crazy excited you are enjoying my site + recipes!! Keep on cooking and if you are on instagram tag me in recipes, I would love to see them!

      Thanks again!

  15. You always have the most creative burger combos, Tieghan! I am currently obsessed with chipotle anything so I will definitely be making these!

  16. Tieghan, these are amazing. Like, I’m seriously considering making this right now… for breakfast. Those corn fritters are stunning!

  17. Totally making the corn fritters – I wouldn’t even touch the burger if I had these laying around – love it!

  18. I hope nobody else in my house will want to eat these when I make them because HOLY YUM, I need them all in my belly.

  19. These look amazing. Would the fritters work okay with canned corn? And if I want to serve them alone, any suggestions for a condiment?

    1. Thanks Marisa! I think canned corn would work great and for a condiment I would do guacamole, mayo, chipotle mayo or avocado crema. Let me know if you have any more questions.


  20. Why or why am I reading this at lunch time? What an amazing burger. I would order this in a restaurant in a nano second.

  21. College football starts TOMORROW here in Seattle with my alma mater’s first game – and OMG so excited. I want to tailgate tomorrow with these!!

  22. I cannot wait until football season starts as well. I love i just for the food and well, the game too! They burgers look amazing! Definitely making these!

  23. Oh my gosh! We were already having burgers tonight but I think I need to change to these because they look amazing! I’m having a corn and tomato frenzy too…get it before it’s gone ya know?!

  24. These burgers look insanely good. Tailgating for us (college fb) starts this Friday night so bring on the football food. These fritters would be so good on top of anything…chili, corn chowder I can’t wait to try to make them.