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Jalapeno Popper Burgers Recipe
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Jalapeno Popper Burgers Recipe

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What do you get when you combine a jalapeno popper and a great burger? This fantastic recipe! It takes the classic components of a popper and encases them in a juicy patty, for a burst of flavor in every bite. —Jo Davison, Naples, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 slices pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 3/4 cup guacamole

Nutritional Facts

1 burger equals 879 calories, 58 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 1,715 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 59 g protein.


  1. Brush jalapenos with oil. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. When cool enough to handle, finely chop. In a small bowl, combine the bacon, cream cheese and jalapeno until blended.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, salt, lemon-pepper, pepper and paprika. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight thin patties. Spoon bacon mixture onto center of four patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.
  3. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with pepper Jack cheese. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes longer or until pepper Jack cheese is melted.
  4. Grill buns, cut side down, over medium heat for 30-60 seconds or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Jalapeno Popper Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2011, p67

Nutritional Facts

1 burger equals 879 calories, 58 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 1,715 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 59 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

Absolutely fantastic!

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

The only thing I didn't do is grill the jalapenos. I used a shortcut with canned diced chiles, and they still came out GREAT! I can only imagine that they'll be even better if I grilled fresh jalapenos. Yummy!

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

Amazing burgers! These are loaded with flavor. They do take some effort to stuff but they are so worth the extra steps. These are always a hit when I make them!

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

Best burgers I've ever made! My family raved about them. They are gigantic and not everyone could finish theirs, but the flavor was mouth-watering. The grilled jalapenos really made it! I will definitely make them again (but not on a week night because prep took a while). Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

Reviewed May. 28, 2013

These were really flavorful and everyone loved them. The burgers were huge (1/4 lb. each). next time I would pat out 5 of them and increase the cream cheese to 4 oz. to get a little more filling to fill 5 burgers. The guacamole really is vital to the overall great taste. Definitely a keeper of a recipe.

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