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Awesome Jalapeno Popper Burgers

"These burgers are a recipe that I adapted from a recipe submitted by Julesong at fooddotcom They are totally delicious and by far my favorite burger! I add a slice of onion and some chunky salsa on mine, but you can top with your favorite toppings and you won't hurt my feelings one bit! I bet guacamole and salsa/ketchup would be great together too. This recipe is just a guide. If you like more heat add more jalapenos. If you are a real garlic lover add more garlic. The sky is the limit with this burger, so experiment and make it yours!"

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Prep Time: 20m

Cook Time: 10-15m


Servings: 6  

  • 5.0000

I decided it's time for spring and cleaned off all the snow that was on top of my grill so I could grill me some burgers. I have had this burger on my mind for a long time and just hadn't gotten around to making it. Now that we have had.... Read more

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef (80% lean works well, even on the grill)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened, you can use low fat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (or 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, minced (or 3 tablespoons pepperoncini peppers, minced, to taste, if you like really spicy/hot include the jalapeno seeds and/or add in more jalapenos/pepperoncinis to taste)
  • 6 slices (6 ounces) Pepper Jack cheese(optional)

What You Will Need

  • Grill or George Foreman Grill
  How to Make

Step 1

Mix hamburger, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, and pepper together well, and shape into 12 thin patties, each about 4 inches in diameter (allow for shrinkage). Set aside.

Step 2

Mix cream cheese, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, onion powder/ dried onion, and minced jalapenos/pepperoncinis together well.

Step 3

Top 6 of the patties with the cream cheese mixture, spreading it over the burger to about 1/2 inch from the edge, so you can seal the hamburger. If the mixture is difficult to spread, try heating it in the microwave for about 15 seconds before stuffing the burgers.

Step 4

Cover each patty with one of the remaining 6 patties, sealing the edges well, so the cream cheese doesn't leak out during cooking/grilling time.

Step 5

Broil or grill the patties (4 inches from the heat), turning only once if possible, until preferred doneness, and when the cheese inside is melted, about 10-12 minutes.

Step 6

When burgers are almost done top each patty with a slice of Pepper Jack cheese, and broil/grill until it melts to your liking.

Step 7

Serve patties with your favorite sides and salad, or place in a hamburger roll, and top with your favorite condiments.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (204.6 g)
  • Calories 541.1
  • Total Fat - 36.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 15.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 171.2 mg
  • Sodium - 633.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 48.4 g
  • Calcium - 294.8 mg
  • Iron - 5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg
24 reviews can tell by my photo that the cream cheese mixture oozed out of the burger...I melted my cheese on the bottom bun...we really enjoyed this...thanks for sharing it...


Review by TeresaS

There are burgers, and then there are BURGERS!!! And this one wins hands down as the best popper burger EVER!!! Loved this :)


Review by Wayne Peters

Hands down the best burgers I have ever made. Such a delicious recipe to keep on hand. I have made them on the grill and in the frying pan. Both are amazing. Don't miss out on these!!


Review by Shar Pei

My kids and myself agree that this is the best burger we have ever had. Creamy cheesy with a little spice from the jalapeno. Such a wonderful flavored burger. I made french fries to go with them and we had dill pickles on the side. Could not be better!


Review by ChefChickee

way awesome make these


Review by dienia b

I made these a few weeks ago for the first time. Best burgers ever! Making some this morning for our family barbecue later on today. They are going to love them!


Review by KeeWee

These were yum and they taste to me like a Southwestern burger. I used the jalapeno and I added a bit more of the spices to the cream cheese filling. Decided to turn mine into a patty-melt, where I grilled them in a cast iron skillet and topped them with caramelized onions and cheese. This was a wonderful Sunday night meal. Thank you LindasBusyKitchen for sharing!


Review by ForeverMama

My DH made these last night and we love them. The filling is so good in these burgers and I love that it adds another dimension to the typical hamburger. We will have these again!


Review by Christina

Made this on the grill and it turned out perfectly. Thx for sharing this great recipe.


Review by QueenBea

Delicious in every sense if the word! We loved the filling with the beef, making it so extra special!


Review by Chefster