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Jalapeno Popper Burgers

What do you get when you combine a jalapeno popper and a classic burger? This fantastic recipe! It takes the essential 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


  • 3 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, combine the garlic, salt, lemon pepper, pepper and paprika. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 8 thin patties. Spoon bacon mixture onto center of 4 patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with pepper jack cheese. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  • Grill buns, cut side down, over medium heat for 30-60 seconds or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato and guacamole.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 879 calories, 58g fat (23g saturated fat), 204mg cholesterol, 1715mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 59g protein.

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  • Brenda
    Dec 9, 2020

    Whole family loved this recipe, even my two picky boys! Do need to work on sealing patties better. I thought I had that covered but they separated on the grill. Didn’t lose too much of the stuffing mix, though.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Feb 21, 2020

    Excellent... Definitely restaurant quality. Will be making again I am sure.

  • Jen
    Nov 12, 2016

    Sooo good! Country bar and grill worthy! Next time I will use less salt there was enough with the bacon.

  • baileyduke
    Aug 6, 2016

    Fantastic burger!! With 2 lbs of hamburger and 4 servings, they are massive!

  • dlindenf
    Jul 2, 2016

    These were excellent! Takes a little time to make, however, my guests raved about these burgers!

  • mamarey
    Jun 15, 2016

    This had great taste and I enjoyed every ingredient that went into it. Next time I will use a more sturdy bun. The bottom of the bun I used was very thin and did not hold up the ingredients.Ended up eating the burger with a fork.

  • annecooks
    Jun 30, 2015

    This sounds great! Since we have poppers quite often, I'm just going to top our burgers with the poppers after they're made, and add guacamole.

  • SarahKerr
    Oct 20, 2014

    I liked the combination of all the ingredients. Just be mindful when making the beef patties or they can become too big of a burger!

  • BoosBug
    Jun 28, 2014

    Made with ground turkey and homemade guacamole. Hands down best burger we've ever had.

  • Deaniez
    Jun 24, 2014

    Awesome burger, even my hubby who doesn't like avocados thought it was a keeper. It was a little putzy but well worth the time! Like other review comments, don't skip the guacamole!