Green Chili Whiskey Onion Burgers

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Green chili whiskey onion burgers are rich, smoky, sweet, and a little spicy – with no grill needed! Tons of southwestern flavor in every bite.

These burgers are so delicious and full of flavor - you can't get enough!
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These whiskey onion green chili burgers are so delicious! No grill needed!

Green Chili Whiskey Onion Burgers

In Colorado, there is one ingredient that we seem to love more than anything.

It’s in eggs, burritos, tacos, on hot dogs and burgers… pretty much anywhere you look, it is there.

This magical stuff? Green chilis.

There is nothing like delicious smoky and slightly spicy green chili in all sorts of recipes – it’s a quintessentially Denver ingredient (never mind the fact we use green chilis from New Mexico… it is still very much a part of Colorado cuisine.)

While I love having burgers often, they are kind of a pain in the butt on days it’s raining or I don’t want to turn on the grill – so pan fried hamburgers are a huge staple in our house. They are juicy, caramelized, rich, and full of meaty flavor just like burgers off the grill – no charcoal or propane needed!

These are the most delicious burgers ever with green chili and whiskey onions! No grill needed - cook on the stove!

How To Pan Fry Hamburgers

These hamburgers are perfect just in a pan – I’m using my best pan grilled burger method to make pan fried hamburgers great.

  • Don’t crowd the pan with too many burgers.
    • Adding too many burgers to a pan will cause your burgers to steam, instead of brown. This will make your burgers tougher, and they won’t have a lovely browned appearance – they will look a bit grey.
    • Prevent this by giving burgers enough room in the pan to keep the pan at high heat – cook in batches instead of adding all in at once if needed.
  • Use butter.
    • I love the rich salty flavor pan frying burgers with just a little butter in the pan gives this dish.
  • Use high heat.
    • Burgers should be fried – not steamed or slowly pan-roasted for the best juicy never-dry flavor.
    • Use high heat to cook your burgers fast for the best flavor.
  • Steam the cheese.
    • If you’re pan frying burgers and adding cheese, try placing the cheese on the burger, adding 1 tbsp water to the pan, and adding a lid over the pan to steam the cheese, making it perfectly melted.

Honey Whiskey Caramelized Onions

These burgers use my whiskey honey onions recipe – they are smoky, sweet, and SO delicious – they will become your favorite caramelized onion recipe, ever!

To get my hands-down absolute favorite recipe for caramelized onions, click here. 

What to Serve With Pan Fried Burgers

These delicious side dishes are guaranteed to wow your family – they are simple, easy, and bursting with flavor!

Try my favorite sides with these burgers, Crunchy Baked Fries, Paleo Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Fries, Baked Carrot Fries, Easy Baked Zucchini Chips, Easy Baked Sweet Potato Chips, The Best Easy Air Fryer French Fries.

If you aren’t feeling fries you can always make, Bacon Ranch Potato Salad, Italian Potato Salad, Easy Sautéed Squash and Zucchini, and wash it down with one of our 4 Delicious Beer Cocktails.

You can find our complete side dish recipe index here.

Whiskey onion and green chili burgers - these are SO delicious!

What Green Chilis to Use

For the green chilis, I find the frozen kind in my grocery store and sauté them with garlic powder, butter, and a sprinkle of cumin. It makes them extra smoky and delicious!

We have several local grocery stores in Northern Colorado that fire roast green chilis every year and then sell them – or freeze the smoked chilis and then sell them throughout the year – I always try to stock up when they come out with the next years batch!

But you can also just use chopped green chili, or even green chili sauce!

I like Hatch 505 Honey Green Chili Sauce, affiliate link above with my burger making favorites, like an amazing burger press, my favorite heavy iron pan, and burger shapers!!!

These are my favorite burgers EVER! Green chili whiskey onion burgers you make in a pan, to on the grill.

Green Chili Whiskey Onion Burgers Recipe

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Green Chili Whiskey Onion Burgers

Green chili whiskey onion burgers are rich, smoky, sweet, and a little spicy – with no grill needed! Tons of southwestern flavor in every bite.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, cheeseburger, green chili whiskey onion burger, indoor burger recipe, no grill burger, onion burger, whiskey burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 602kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 1 batch whiskey honey onions
  • 1 lb beef shaped into 4 patties
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sharp cheddar cheese optional
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • For the green chili:
  • 1 cup diced green chilis
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • OR 1/2 cup green chili sauce per burger


  • In pan you used to make whiskey honey onions (DONT CLEAN PAN AFTER MAKING, it will give more flavor to the burgers), melt ghee over medium high heat.
  • Shape burgers into patties (I like to use a burger press).
  • Generously season burgers with salt and pepper.
  • Add burgers to pan when ghee is melted, and cook 5 minutes on each side.
  • When burgers are done to your liking, add a slice of cheese (if desired), and add lid to pan to melt cheese.
  • When cheese is melted, remove from pan.
  • Add green chilis to burger bun and place burger on top.
  • Garnish with onions, place bun on top, and serve immediately!
  • For the green chilis: sauté in pan with butter, garlic powder, and cumin until hot. Use as burger garnish; OR add sauce to burger bun.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 578mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style. Courtney writes the popular creative lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs- a site devoted to delicious everyday recipes, home decor, crafts, DIY inspiration, and photography tips to help make your every day extraordinary.

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  1. Adrian says:

    5 stars
    You used New Mexico chile because you know it’s better!! The best in fact!!!

  2. DJC says:

    5 stars
    This burger turned out excellent ! Really flavorful ! I made it with different chilies, but will definetly make again soon !

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