Costa Rica Hamburgers

5 from 1 vote

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Costa Rica Hamburgers offer you the chance to visit this Central American paradise without leaving your backyard. All you need is some fresh ground beef, some limes, and seasoning. And a hot grill!

Close up of a burger on a bun with avocado and lime.

Costa Rica hamburgers

Visiting Costa Rica has become a winter habit of ours that we can’t break. For the last dozen-plus years, each January finds us there listening to the monkeys and planning our next meal. These Costa Rica hamburgers bring us solace throughout the year, taking us as close we we can get to our favorite vacation spot without needing our passports.

It’s not just the rain forest or the other indigenous parts of the countryside that lend color to Costa Rica (Spanish for rich coast,) it’s also the Tico, the colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica.

Their flavors are varied, often using peppers, beans, and tomatoes as a base, the foods prepared by the Tico are always colorful and vibrant, much like the friendly and smiling natives who created these dishes.  These burgers have some roasted green chili  peppers incorporated into the meat, and they’re crowned with a fresh tomato salsa and avocado.

These basic staples are pretty standard anywhere along the rich coast and if you are every lucky enough to visit, these burgers offer a small taste of what you can expect.

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Cost Rica Hamburgers

5 from 1 vote
These grilled hamburgers are inspired by the flavors of Costa Rica.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 people


For the Burgers

  • 1.5 lbs 750 gm ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced into 4 wedges
  • lime
  • 4 oz can, 100 gms roasted chopped green chili peppers
  • wedges for garnish

For the Salsa

  • 2 to tomatoes, washed, seeded and coarsely diced
  • 1/2 small white onion coarsely diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the Burgers

  • Preheat grill to high setting (or light charcoal grill and heat until coals are white)
  • In medium mixing bowl combine beef, chili peppers, and salt and pepper and divide into four burgers.
  • Grill to desired level of being done.

For the Salsa

  • Combine salsa ingredients in large bowl, gently and thoroughly mix.

Finish them Off

  • Place burgers on buttered and tasted rolls, top with a wedge of avocado and a generous spoonful of salsa.
  • Garnish with lime.


  • Add a slice of your favorite cheese to these Costa Rican hamburgers if you like cheeseburgers.
  • You can make these grilled burgers on the stovetop as well. Just use a large skillet and you’ll be good to go!


Calories: 805kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 73g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 121mg, Potassium: 849mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 586IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: lunch
Cuisine: Costa Rican
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh Dan, can I come over for one of these mouthwatering burgers? Great summer recipe…thank you for sharing!

  2. Yum- these burgers look amazingly divine! Your photos are making me hungry! Costa Rica is one place we have never been to and only heard wonderful things about it. Good choice for burgers!