Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers are tangy-spicy, and would be a great addition to your Independence Day celebration.

I’ve been trying to find ways to use up a couple jars of pickled jalapeños we have in the house–My father-in-law gave us one a while ago, and forgetting that we had it, I bought a second jar myself. In my recipe searches, I came across a burger that used them in the burger as well as on top. I adapted it for what we had, and made these Bacon Jalapeño Burgers.

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

Extra-cheesy, slightly tangy, and not dried-out at all, these burgers are amazing. Jay made his usual acceptance proclamation, and gave me the go-ahead to make these again whenever I wanted (his roundabout way of saying he likes them). Not surprisingly, the bambino wouldn’t go near these, so he had a couple hot dogs instead.

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

My intention had been to grill these, but we’ve been grilling enough lately that we ran low on charcoal. 8 briquettes wasn’t going to cut it, so I broiled these. They came out just fine, but I am planning to make these again, because I think the smoky flavor infused by the charcoal will meld beautifully with the jalapeños.

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

Yields 2

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  • 3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 C pickled jalapeños, drained and divided
  • 3/4 lb. 80% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 C Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced finely
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • BBQ sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Finely chop 1/2 the jalapeños. Combine the sliced jalapeños with the bacon pieces and set aside.
  3. Place the chopped jalapeños in a bowl with the ground beef, shredded cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine, mixing fully without over-mixing (which will lead to tough burgers). Form into two patties.
  4. Place on a broiling pan, and broil 4-5 inches from the heat for about 8 minutes per side. After flipping over, during the final minute of broiling, place a slice of cheese on each burger, and allow to melt.
  5. Remove the burgers from the heat, and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes. Place each burger on a bun, and top with half the bacon-jalapeño mixture, and BBQ sauce if using.
Recipe Type: Main


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