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Firecracker Burgers Recipe
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Firecracker Burgers Recipe

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“These tasty stuffed burgers are perfect July 4th fare,” suggests field editor Kelly Williams of LaPorte, Indiana. “They’re great with a cool, creamy macaroni salad and an icy cold drink!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup chunky salsa
  • 4 frozen breaded cheddar cheese jalapeno peppers, thawed
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 1/4 cup guacamole
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup salsa con queso dip
  • 1/4 cup sliced plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 4 thin slices sweet onion


  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef and salsa. Shape into four patties. Place a jalapeno in the center of each; wrap beef around jalapeno, forming a ball. Reshape into patties, about 3-1/2 to 4 in. in diameter and 1 in. thick.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for 7-8 minutes on each side or until meat is no longer pink and a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Spread bun tops with guacamole. On each bun bottom, layer lettuce, a burger, salsa con queso dip, tomatoes, olives and onion; replace tops. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Firecracker Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p6

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

"Delicious burgers! I served these with potato salad and pasta salad for a nice summer dinner on a very hot night."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"Wonderful Was expensive to make for just two people but we have decided to make more next time and invite people over. Great flavor. Probably the best burger I have ever had."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2012

"I love this! Tasty & easy :)"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"I must warn you... this burger is very messy to eat, but it's so worth it! I love it. I make my own nacho sauce, instead of the store-bought, which I like better. I think these are delicious and definitely worth trying."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"This burger was outstanding, will definitely be making this recipe again."

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