Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers are tangy-spicy, and would be a great addition to your Independence Day celebration. If not grilling outdoors, you can easily make them indoors using your broiler, for a taste of summer any time of the year.

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

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.

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. Eight briquettes wasn’t going to be anywhere near enough charcoal, so I broiled them instead.

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

You will want to make sure that your bacon is crisp. Any extra moisture from the jalapeños will soften it some, and if it’s already on the chewy side, you won’t have that crunchy mouthfeel when you bite into your burger. 

Yield: 2

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers

Bacon Jalapeño Burgers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes 2 seconds
Total Time 34 minutes 2 seconds


  • 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.


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