Jalapeno popper burger is a fun twist on a classic, made with roasted
jalapenos, cream cheese, bacon, and one other special ingredient.
What better way to introduce the first burger of the year, then while I’m sitting on my front porch on the nicest day we’ve had yet, enjoying a glass of white wine?
This winter was really, REALLY rough. Like soul crushing, if-it-snows-one-more-Sunday-in-April-I’m-gonna-cry cold. We don’t own our own grill yet, but as soon as the weather turns nice, it’s one of the first things I think about. There’s just something about burgers, brats, and such on the grill in the summer isn’t there? We’ll have to buy a small, cheap one for our new home, considering last year we had free access to my in-laws. [FYI- It was a year ago this week that we found black mold and mushrooms in our rental house, moved into my in-laws with a one day notice, and I started my new job. Then we spent the last 6 months renovating our first home. WHAT A RIDE.]
Burgers with cheese and ketchup are great, don’t get me wrong. Love ’em. But if you’ve ever checked out my crab rangoon burger, you know I like to have a little fun with it. And I reeeeally like this burger. It’s kind of wild, and it involves jam, but just like I know fig butter and cheddar works, I know a jalepeno popper burger works. I know how to make weird combos work. [Sorry, was that conceited? It’s the wine talking.] And I love sharing my fun, yummy ideas for unique flavors you’ve never tried together!
Jalepeno Popper Burger Layers of Deliciousness
- A good bun (I tried Sara Lee’s new artesano rolls, and they were a good choice.)
- Minimally seasoned burger
- Cream cheese
- Roasted jalepenos
- Concord jam
Sweet jam, salty bacon, a little but not at all too much heat from the jalepenos, and creamy cheese. Ugh. [*Kisses fingers*]
This gourmet burger might seem like a lot of work but you can easily have it done in 30 minutes. Start by roasting your jalepenos and cooking your bacon in the oven. While that’s happening, form your burger patties. I like to use just a little worcestershire, salt, and pepper to season. The jalepenos take a little longer than the bacon [unless you like extra crunchy *cough* burnt *cough* bacon]. When the jalepenos are almost done, throw your burgers on the grill or skillet, and when they are done assemble with all ingredients including softened cream cheese and concord jam.
You can also use blackberry jam. I have not tried, but do not personally endorse, raspberry or strawberry.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tbsp worcestershire
- a little salt and pepper
- 4 jalepenos
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4-6 slices of bacon
- concord jam
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 package burger buns
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Place your bacon on tin foil and onto half of a baking sheet.
- Slice your jalepenos in half, remove the seeds and membrane, coat in olive oil, and place on the other half of the baking sheet.
- Cook for 15 minutes, then remove bacon, flip the jalepenos over, and them cook for another 5 minutes.
- While the bacon and jalepenos are cooking, season your ground beef with worcestershire, salt, and pepper, and form into patties. I typically make 4-5 patties depending on the size of the bun.
- *Optional- when your jalepenos are done, carefully remove the skin for an easier bite.
- Throw your patties on the grill or on a skillet over medium heat until cooked to desired doneness.
- When burgers and jalepenos are done, assemble on a bun with softened cream cheese, an entire jalepeno, a slice or two of bacon, and a bit of concord jam.