The UFO Burger – An X-Files Inspired Recipe

Todays geek culture inspired recipe is literally out of this world… some would even say its extra-tastestrial! (Har har har!)

The UFO Burger – inspired by my recent X-Files binge-fest – features a thick meat patty that has been invaded by a cheddar, green onion and olive stuffing and is chock full of alien green guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, and a cheesy green pepper relish.

I decided to make a UFO Burger for a couple of reasons:

1. I was hungry and a burger sounded good.

2. Every geek culture genre has its share of cookies, or cakes, or donuts, or fill-in-the-blank food that feature imagery from the series. (Wookie Cookies, anyone??) But X-Files has no such imagery inspired foods. I thought that it was time to remedy that! With hamburgers. Because… hamburgers.

3. I am in love with this scene from episode two of season one, with a very young, very stoned Seth Green, using a hamburger to describe the UFO that he saw to Mulder:

EMIL/SETH GREEN: Sometimes they come in real low, and just put on the scares right, it’s like eeoou-ra and then they just hang there, and hover without making a sound. And you just think, you know, who turned down the volume right.

MULDER: *pulls out a photo of a UFO* Do they look anything like this?

EMIL/SETH GREEN: No, they look exactly like that.

*next scene*

SCULLY: You believe it all, don’t you?

MULDER: Why wouldn’t I?

SCULLY: Mulder, did you see their eyes? If I were that stoned I…

MULDER: Hoo-hoo. If you were that stoned, what?

SCULLY: Mulder, you could have shown that kid a picture of a flying hamburger and he would have told you that’s exactly what he saw.

Introducing The UFO Burger

I really cannot take credit for this recipe… this was the result of many geeky minds meeting in my kitchen for some good old fashioned girls night fun. My girls Bree, Sabrina and Cat came over to create the crash landing debut of this tasty recipe.

The burger stuffing recipe came from a tried and true Washington State cookbook I picked up from some of my frequent travels to the Pacific Nothwest to visit the in-laws. The guacamole recipe came from something Cat whipped up. And the various fillings and plating of the burger was the result of all of us ladies circling the plate and playing with our food. (The alfalfa sprouts look like the grass around the crash landing!! etc. etc…)

After we whipped up these burgers that we all slightly tweaked to taste (can you imagine people on this planet exist that don’t like guacamole!! Its true! *cough*Sabrina*cough*) we all watched a cheesy shipper type episode of the X-Files. Good times!!

So this is a multi-person project… The result? This bad boy will abduct your taste buds… it is out of this world tasty!

You Will Need:

1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef

1 2 ½ can of chopped black olives

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 small bunch of green onions, chopped

2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

4 avocados

4 green onions, chopped

1 tomato, diced

Juice of one lime

Salt and pepper, to taste

Butter lettuce

Alfalfa sprouts

Sliced tomato

Sliced green bell pepper

Hamburger buns, toasted

How to Make:

Divide the beef into 8 parts and shape into patties (do not squeeze all the juice from the beef).

In a bowl, mix together the olives, bell pepper, cheese, 1 bunch of green onions and mayonnaise. Place a generous portion of the filling on top of 4 single patties. Cover each with the remaining 4 patties, pressing the edges of each to secure the filling. (Reserve the rest of the unused filling to use as a relish topping on the hamburger patties.) Cook the patties to desired doneness.

While burgers are cooking prepare the hamburger fillings. Mash together the avocados, 4 green onions, tomato, lime juice and salt and pepper to make a chunky guacamole. Toast the hamburger buns. And slice the tomato and green bell peppers into thick slices.

To construct the hamburger, spread a generous amount of guacamole on the bottom bun. Next, put down a thick layer of alfalfa sprouts, tomato slices, and green pepper slices. Next, place your stuffed hamburger patty. Top with a lettuce leaf and reserved filling / relish. Spread more guacamole on the top of the bun, and then skewer together! Enjoy!

So what do you think? Does it look like a tasty UFO crash landing? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at or via the contact form on her website at

100 thoughts on “The UFO Burger – An X-Files Inspired Recipe

    • 13 January, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Tandy!! I was nervous to see how my hardcore foodie friend bloggers would take this one, haha! 😉

  • 13 January, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I’ve never ate alfalfa sprouts.. I should try them out, I heard they were good in stir fries ♡

    • 13 January, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Ohhhh, I love sprouts, and alfalfa are one of my favorites!

    • 13 January, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Angie!! Coming from you that means a LOT!!! <3 <3

  • 13 January, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    As a huge fan of the X Files how could I not try this awesome burger. It looks delicious.

    • 13 January, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Hahaha, you better try it then!! And share pictures! (In your lunchbox maybe?? lol)

  • 13 January, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    This burger looks delish, girlie! I love how you’ve been so creative in pulling and creating inspiration from the X-files, such a unique idea! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!



    • 13 January, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Hahaha, thanks Jalisa.. you guys just need to let me know when I have X-Files you all out. lol! I think I might do some classic Disney movie inspired recipes next!! Mmmm, mmmm, mmm!!!

  • 13 January, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Yum! I’m all for avocado on anything but they are especially tasty on burgers!

    • 13 January, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Yeah, we kinda slathered it on in this recipe! 😉

  • 13 January, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Love the sprouts you are using, they spice up any dish!

    Have a great day,

    • 13 January, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Yeah, gives it a great, grassy, earthy texture!! It was my favorite element! 😉

  • 13 January, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    If putting olives in a burger makes me a geek, then count me in! These sound crazy good.

  • 13 January, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Ohh another X-File inspired recipe! I love how the thick meat patty is invaded by all kinds of delicious goodies. Looks super Tasty Gingi

  • 13 January, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    CRAP. I had every intention of having a specific lunch today but now… I WANT a burger!

    • 13 January, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      For sure!! I am loving playing with these recipes! <3

  • 13 January, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Haha love it!! And now it’s 8:10 in the morning and I feel like a big burger! 😛

    • 13 January, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      HAVE ONE… haha.. and take pictures, because your pictures are awesome!

  • 14 January, 2017 at 2:12 am

    That burger looks delicious! Great post. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Happy New Year!

  • 14 January, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I love, love, love, love cheeseburgers and talk about them all of the time, so this is on my list to prepare very soon. The only thing I would add would be cayenne pepper, because I enjoy a little heat! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! Hugs…RO

    • 15 January, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      I usually put cayenne pepper on EVERYTHING, and have to force myself to NOT now and then.. haha… but I should try that next time!!! 😉

  • 14 January, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I don’t eat, but my man would love this. And maybe I could do a veggie version for me.

  • 15 January, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    LOVE! I love everything about this burger 😀

  • 16 January, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Hi Gingi, love that you added sprouts and olives. Gorgeous presentation!

    • 16 January, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Yeah, these are way overlooked elements in hamburgers!!

  • 16 January, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Woah, this looks like one hardcore burger! Thanks so much for sharing.


  • 16 January, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Awesomeness …. that looks amazing, Gingi! Would you believe – I have never tried guacamole .. 😛

  • 16 January, 2017 at 5:12 am

    My partner is the X-files fan and the burger eater of the family. With some tweaking (he considers acocado poison) he would love this. Thank you.

  • 16 January, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

  • 16 January, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I used to love X-files in the 90’s, I must have seen every episode. 🙂 The burger looks delicious, something that my kids would love.

    • 16 January, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      It is back on Netflix for awhile.. you should go check it out again! Fun walk down memory lane, for sure!

  • 16 January, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Wow this is an amazing burger indeed!! Love your post very inventive! 🙂

    • 16 January, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks! We had so much fun whipping this together!

  • 16 January, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I am a vegetarian but my husband is a total carnivore I will pass this one along!

  • 16 January, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Gingi – just sometimes I crave a burger … perhaps you’ve set me off on that trend now! Looks so good too – I usually to avoid the bun … but the rest looks so good … cheers Hilary

    • 16 January, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Yeah, when I try to eat healthy, the bun if the first to go.. but MAN, this was so tasty!!

  • 16 January, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my gaaah, I used to LOVE X-files! This burger is all sorts of genius, girl! The filling sounds unique and delicious! Thinking I need this burger for lunch today! Cheers!

    • 16 January, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Hahaha, go for it!! And tell me what you think!! 😉

  • 16 January, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for stopping by EE! I am loving perusing your site. This burger looks amazing and I love the cooperative creativeness of it!

    • 16 January, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Of course!! SO happy to have found your blog!! <3

  • 17 January, 2017 at 2:45 am

    An X-file fan! YAY!! Love the burger. The slaw and chunky guacamole sound like great complements to the meat. Yummy burger!

    • 17 January, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Yeah, this burger came together perfectly with so many chefs in the kitchen! hehe!

  • 17 January, 2017 at 4:48 am

    These look amazing!!!!

  • 17 January, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    OMG this burger looks amazing! I love the naming of it after the X Files- I think that was a clever move. I think my husband would really enjoy it! I’d have to modify mine with a vegetarian patty but I’m sure it’d still be delish!

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    • 17 January, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      I am having so much fun with these X-Files inspired recipes… gonna keep it up, I think! <3

  • 17 January, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    i have always loved seth green and the x-files, and i think this is one of the most appealing burgers i’ve ever seen! bravo!

    • 17 January, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Haha, I had completely forgotten that he was in the X-Files.. and he looks SO YOUNG!!!

  • 17 January, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Oh geez, now I’m starving and I want that burger!

    • 18 January, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Yeah, I usually regret posting yummy photos and other yummy blogs when I am hungry, lol!

  • 17 January, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    It just sounds delicious! 😀 I love burgers! So, I’ll try this one 😉

  • 17 January, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    It’s recipes like this that make my glad I eat meat…heehee…even better it’s X-Files inspired:D Love that last Scully line. I’ve seen Gillian Anderson a few times when I go to our Fan Expo. She’s one tiny woman!

    • 17 January, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      meant “went” and not “go”…grammar is hard!

    • 18 January, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      RIGHT?! I have only seen her at SDCC once, loooong ago. She is itty bitty!

  • 19 January, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Oh wow! That looks so incredibly delicious!!!!

    Lydia |

  • 21 January, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Oh my goodness now that is a burger! I love the addition of the avocado. Gotta have the avocado!

  • 23 January, 2017 at 6:23 am

    i love putting anything and everything on my burgers (have you gone to the counter? it’s basically build your own burgers but there’s so many options), so all the veggies and guac sound amazing!

  • 23 January, 2017 at 11:58 am

    You made this yourself? You know, I’ve never actually tried making a burger before – very impressed right now! It looks beyond delicious and the inclusion of green bell pepper is sooooooo good. Great job!!

  • 23 January, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I used to watch X-Files back then 🙂 Wow, they all look so young in that clip. Great looking burger!

  • 24 January, 2017 at 12:34 am

    This burger sounds delicious! Love the addition of olives and avocado!

    Doused in Pink

  • 24 January, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Hee hee this is pretty funny and looks VERY tasty. Oh the X-Files, have you seen the new show? I haven’t yet. I wonder when it will be on Netflix.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • 25 January, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I love burgers and this one looks fantastic!! I’m all about garnish and you have lots on this one. Yum!!

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