Pepper Jack Stuffed Jalapeno Burgers

These burgers are not stuffed with jalapenos. Better yet, they are jalapeno burgers stuffed with pepper jack cheese! Because that was the kind of mood I was in.


– 1/2 jalapeno, minced – 1 tbsp onion, minced – 1/2 tsp garlic, minced – 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 tsp kosher salt – 1 lb 80/20 ground beef – 12 slices pepper jack cheese – 4 burger buns – Desired toppings (bacon and caramelized onions suggested)

Combine the jalapeno, onion, garlic, olive oil, kosher salt, and Italian seasoning in a medium mixing bowl. Add the ground beef and combine using your hands.

Divide the burger meat into four balls. One at a time, divide a ball in half and flatten both halves. Place a few slices of cheese on one of the halves, leaving a border about 1/4 inch thick. Top with the other half and pinch the edges of the patties together to seal. Repeat with remaining three balls.

Preheat a grill or heat a grill pan. Grill each patty for 3-4 minutes on each side. After the first flip, top patties with additional pepper jack cheese. 

Let rest for 3-5 minutes. Top with bacon and caramelized onions.

Serve on a hamburger bun.