Spicy Jalapeno Cheeseburgers

Jalapeno cheeseburger

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  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
532 Calories
26g Fat
5g Carbs
66g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 532
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 1323mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 66g
Calcium 78mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A well-flavored beef burger covered with melted cheese can be considered perfection on a bun but may be missing a little something for those who like a bit of heat at their cookouts. This deliciously spicy cheeseburger recipe gets its kick from finely chopped jalapeno peppers. Feel free to adjust the number of jalapenos to suit your particular palate. 

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 pickled jalapeno peppers (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 package dried onion soup mix
  • 1/2 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 6 slices American cheese (or cheese of choice)
  • 6 hamburger buns (toasted)
  • Optional: condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard
  • Optional: toppings of your choice, such as lettuce, tomato, onion

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix all of the seasonings, including the jalapenos, with the ground beef in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Form the mixture into six 1/2-thick patties.

  3. Preheat the grill to high heat.

  4. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until the desired level of doneness is achieved.

  5. Place once slice of cheese on each burger during the last minute of cooking.

  6. Once burgers are cooked through and cheese is melted, remove from the grill and place on the toasted hamburger buns. Top with additional sliced jalapenos and condiments and toppings if desired.

The Right Beef for Burgers

Although we are constantly told to cut back on the fat, when it comes to making homemade burgers it is important that you buy ground beef with a decent percentage of fat. Otherwise, the burgers won't be juicy and flavorful and will end up dry and somewhat tasteless. A good ratio to look for is 80/20, meaning there is 20 percent fat in the ground beef. By USDA's standards, beef must have less than 22 1/2 percent fat to be labeled as lean, so an 80/20 chuck is still considered lean ground meat.

Other Spicy Burger Recipes

A Tex Mex burger jacks up the flavors by mixing ground meat with jalapenos, taco sauce, refried beans, and a garlic-onion butter. A sriracha bacon burger packs the heat in both the beef mixture as well as the sauce. Or try a blue cheese beer burger a sweet and spicy mayo; this way, those who don't want any heat can skip the spread.

If the heat is more important than the beef, there are plenty of alternative burger recipes with a bit of a kick. Surprise your guests with a Bondi Portuguese chicken burger; the chicken breast is marinated in a spicy chili sauce and then dusted in flour and pan-fried. For something really different, serve spicy tuna and avocado sushi burgers flavored with sriracha. And if you need a vegan option, mix up a batch of vegan black bean burgers with hot sauce or a version using salsa.