Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter With Homemade Salsa Fresca

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Take a plate of sharing nachos to a whole new level with this Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter! Ideal for movie nights, or a dinner to share, you need these ingredients on your shopping list – ground beef, oregano, cumin, jalapeno, tomatoes, and tortilla chips.

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Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Move over, boring old burger and fries! This Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter is your new favorite summer meal!

The hamburgers are made simply with ground beef, onion, cumin, and oregano, and once grilled, are served up on a platter of tortilla chips – and other tasty things!

The tasty things include a spicy salsa fresca, which you can adjust to your personal heat preference (see our recipe tips!), as well as lettuce and sour cream.

Avocado isn’t included in this recipe, but that too would pair well – either sliced and placed on top or turned into guacamole.

So if you’re in the mood for something spicy and delicious, you have to give this recipe a try. The combination of flavors is sure to please your taste buds!

Plus, it’s a great way to show off your cooking skills. So fire up the grill and get started!

Ranchero Burger Platter Ingredients
Ranchero Burger Platter Ingredients

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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  • Fresh ProduceTomatoes, Garlic, Bell Pepper, Green Onions (Scallions/Spring Onions) Jalapeño Pepper, Limes, Cilantro, White Onion, Iceberg Lettuce
  • ProteinGround Beef (Beef Mince)
  • DairySour Cream
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ground Cumin
  • Tortilla Chips – your color choice

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Ranchero Burger Platter Recipe with Homemade Salsa Fresca

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Recipe Tips

  • When sweet summer tomatoes are not available, substitute 1 can of diced tomatoes, drained.
  • To Make Salsa Hotter: Add an additional 1 or 2 fresh jalapeños (Hot), 1 or 2 fresh serranos (Hotter), or 1 habanero chili (Hottest).
  • You can make the burgers in advance and store them in the fridge with wax paper between each patty.
  • Or freeze them individually wrapped in plastic wrap or foil and then bag up once they are frozen (this prevents the burgers from sticking to each other). Remember to label and date your burgers so you can keep track of your food storage. You can freeze uncooked burgers for up to 4 months.
  • To thaw, place on a plate in the fridge and allow to defrost overnight. Do not thaw at room temperature.

How Do I Make A Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Ranchero Burger Platter Recipe

Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Take a plate of sharing nachos to a whole new level with this Southwestern Ranchero Burger Platter!


For the Ranchero Salsa Fresca

  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped*
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 large yellow, orange or green pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced green onions (scallions/spring onions), approximately 5 onions
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (plus extra for garnish, if desired)
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeño, seeds removed**
  • 1 large fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the Hamburgers

  • 1-1/2 lbs (450g-700g) lean ground beef (beef mince)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

For Serving

  • 1 bag corn tortilla chips, any color
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (coriander) for garnish (optional)


  1. To make Ranchero Salsa Fresca, place all of the ingredients into a glass bowl and stir to combine. Chill for at least one hour. Season with salt to taste when ready to serve.

    Ranchero Salsa Fresca Ingredients in Bowl
  2. To make the hamburgers, in a bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper, to taste. Shape into 6 (½-inch/1cm) thick round patties.

    Bowl of Ground Beef with Spices & Onions on the Side
  3. Grill or broil for 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked to desired doneness.
  4. When ready to serve, arrange a layer of tortilla chips in the middle of each serving plate.
  5. Top with a layer of Ranchero Salsa Fresca. Add a layer of lettuce slightly larger than the size of your burger.
  6. Add the burger to the center of the plate. Top with sour cream. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!

    Plated Up Ranchero Burger Platter


  • *When sweet summer tomatoes are not available, substitute 1 can diced tomatoes, drained.
  • **To Make Salsa Hotter: Add an additional 1 or 2 fresh jalapeños (Hot), 1 or 2 fresh serranos (Hotter) 1 habanero chili (Hottest)
  • If you have time, allow the sauce to marry flavor for about 1 hour.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g

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