Meet your new favorite burger topping: green beans



The chacarero is a popular Chilean sandwich available throughout the country. Found in fast-food joints called “fuentes de soda”, chacarero has become a staple of Chilean cuisine, offering a quick and satisfying meal for locals and tourists. These sandwiches are notably large and messy, packed generously with ingredients.

Monica, from Santiago, Chile, introduced us to this mouthwatering creation. She explained that chacarero isn’t just one specific sandwich, but rather a style of preparation that can be adapted to various meats. While the classic version uses thin slices of beef, Monica mentioned that you can find pork, hamburger, and even hot dog variations but a key ingredient in all versions is green beans. She noted the sandwich’s generous portions and messy nature, advising that it’s not meant to be eaten with bare hands so have lots of napkins on hand!

To make a chacarero, start by preparing your patties. Mix ground beef with finely chopped onion, minced garlic, and spices including cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Cook the patties to your liking on a grill or in a pan. For assembly, spread a generous layer of mayo on your bun. Add your cooked patty, then top with sliced tomatoes, blanched green beans, and Aji Cristal peppers (or pepperoncini as a substitute). Finish with another dollop of mayo and the top bun.

This chacarero blew me away! The combination of flavors and textures is absolutely fantastic. The juicy burgers provide the perfect base, while the green beans add an unexpected but delightful crunch. I was skeptical about putting green beans on a burger, but now I’m wondering why we don’t do this more often! The spicy tanginess of the peppers complements the other ingredients beautifully, and the generous amount of mayo ties everything together. It’s definitely messy, but that’s part of the fun. I found myself wanting to devour the whole thing in one sitting. It’s a delicious journey into Chilean cuisine you won’t forget!

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For patties

  • 125 g ground beef
  • ¼ white onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ground cumin to taste
  • ground coriander to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

To assemble

  • tomato slices
  • Aji Cristal peppers or peperoncino peppers work, just be sure if they are pickled to rinse the vinegar off
  • green beans blanched
  • mayo


To make the patties

  • Combine all patty ingredients in a bowl and mix well to distribute everything evenly.
  • Form your patties and cook on a grill or pan to your desired temperature. Set aside.

To assemble

  • Layer in the following order: bottom bun, mayo, patty, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, mayo, top bun. Enjoy!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Region: Latin America


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