Jalapeno Cheddar burgers

I don't do stuffed burgers so for those of you expecting this to burst with cheesy goodness, I am sorry to disappoint you, this is not your burger.  Instead, we are going to add all of the amazing flavors of a jalapeno popper throughout the burger.

Prep Time:                 40 minutes

Cook Time:                10 minutes

Total Time:                 50 minutes

Serves:                        4


1.0 lbs     Ground Chuck (80/20 if you can

                get it

2 slices    Bacon

1              Large Egg

1/4 cup   Sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 cup   Diced Jalapeno peppers (seeds

               and ribs removed)

1 Tbsp    Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 tsp    Black Pepper

1/4 tsp    Sea Salt


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1.    Cut the bacon in to roughly dime sized pieces.

2.    Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.

3.    Once hot, add your bacon and cook approximately 50% of the way through.  The

       fat should begin to render but remove far before becoming 'crispy'.

4.    Remove bacon from the pan on to a paper towel lined plate to cool.

5.    Drain excess grease from the skillet and set aside.

6.    In a large mixing bowl, add ground chuck, egg, diced jalapeno,

       Worcestershire, cooled bacon, salt and pepper.  Utilizing your hands,

       thoroughly mix ingredients together.

7.    Form patties by removing 1/4 pound of the material at a time and roll in to balls

       (should be just smaller than a baseball).

8.    Optional step:  I like to put my patties back in the fridge for 20 minutes or so but

       that is just me)

9.    Re-heat cast iron skillet over medium high heat.  

10.  Salt and pepper both sides of patties and place in hot skillet.  Depending on

       desired temperature, cook for between 3 - 7 minutes per side.

11.  Serve with favorite toppings (I am not going to tell you how to eat your burger

       but grilled jalapenos and avocado are AMAZEBALLS on this burger)

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