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Jalapeno Popper Burgers Recipe

Jalapeno Popper Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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