Jalapeno Popper Burgers


You guys asked for more burger recipes, so more burger recipes is what I’m dishen’ up! Tonight – Jalapeno Popper Burgers!


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I actually can’t claim this burger idea as my own. My clever husband dreamt it up. I just cooked it up!

Jalapeno Popper Burgers 

Yield: 4 burgers

1lb 93/7 ground beef
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped bacon
1/4 red onion
1 large jalapeno pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Add red onion and jalapeno pepper to a food processor and process until minced (or chop finely by hand.) Microwave with 1 Tablespoon water for 1 minute.
  2. Add beef, parmesan cheese, bacon and microwaved onion & pepper into a large bowl. Mix with a spatula until just combined.
  3. Portion beef mixture into 4 sections and form into patties.
  4. Grill to your preferred level of doneness and pre-heat broiler.
  5. Transfer burgers to foil-lined baking sheet and top each burger with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  6.  Broil until cheese is golden brown.


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These are the best!! Like a mix of a spicy jalapeno popper and a savory bacon cheeseburger – which totally hit the spot.

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I was going to top these with a slice of cheddar cheese, but they had disappeared when I went to grab them. The mound of shredded cheddah’ ended up totally being the way to go though. Gave me some cheese height that I wouldn’t have gotten with a mere slice!

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If you’re feeling extra daring, you could add a blob of cream cheese under the mound of cheddar for an extra cheesy, jalapeno popper burst. Mmmmm!


I served some steamed broccoli,

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and sweet, Vegetarian Bush’s Baked Beans on the side. Gobbled. I am in love with these baked beans. They’re no Judy’s Baked Beans, but they’re the best from the can that I’ve found.


With summer 2/3 of the way over, I’ve got to get these grill inspired menus in when I can. Yum!

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Need some more burger recipes? Check these out!

In other news, my parents babysat my nephew today, so I went over after work to get some quality Aunt/Nephew time in!


The. Cutest. Thing. Ever. EVER! His new favorite thing is trying to launch himself off the couch and making us all save him. Then being so proud of himself. Nug. :D


Well, tonight’s episode of The Life of IGE includes:

Cleaning the kitchen!

Paying the bills!!


Jealous? ;)

Have a great night!


Are you a burger purist or a toppings maniac? Bun or no bun? Beef or other meat?

I think I might be a burger purist. Aside from the occasional squeeze of ketchup, I like my burgers bunless and condimentless! Just give me some gooey cheese, and I’m good to go. :)

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  1. I keep toppings to a minimum, and the bun can’t be too much bread (the bread isn’t supposed to be the star, right?). And I’m quite a fan of veggie or black bean burgers.

  2. i like a ton of stuff on burgers. lots of veggies like tomatoes, onion, avocado, lettuce or spinach… and cheese… and ketchup and mayo… and a bun please! but lately i’ve been making my own buns and they are so much better than store bought. with a bread maker they are so easy!

  3. Melissa 08.03.2010

    OMG! Finn is so big! When did THAT happen?!?!

    I like all kinds of burgers, but I love a plain hamburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, & copious amounts of ketchup. I have been known to both top & dip my burgers in it. Yes, I know, I’m a ketchup freak!

  4. Sara 08.03.2010

    I like a plain bun for my burgers with pickles, mustard, ketchup and onions, maybe some cheese if I’m feeling feisty ;-)

    This burger looks delicious though! If it has tons of mix ins like this one, usually I go bunless so I can taste all of the yummy flavors :D You make the best burger recipes, I can wait to try this one and the apricot turkey burgers!

  5. Lauren 08.03.2010

    You look so good holding a baby! You can just tell that you will be an amazing mom someday! :)

  6. OMG looks d-e-l-i-s-h!!!!! MUST make soon!!!! Must make soon!!!

  7. Becky 08.03.2010

    I can honestly say, I was never a burger lover. I am officially a convert! I want every burger you’ve made! Tonight, I whipped up the stuffed turkey burgers with bruschetta…A-MAY-ZING!

  8. Sarah 08.03.2010

    That’s a gorgeous lookin’ burger. We sometimes make burgers with brie or truffle-cheese or a fried egg :P

  9. Ms.S 08.03.2010

    Did you cook the bacon before mixing it in with the beef? I couldn’t tell from the pic and figure you would have mentioned it…but just in case! I think we’ll be making these soon. Look scrumptious!

  10. Lizzy @ LBBakes 08.03.2010

    I am a huge fan of nontraditional burgers, so I love this idea! Plain Jane burgers have their place, that’s for sure, but there’s no need to get bored with summer food. :)

  11. Seriously – those burgers look UNREAL!! Love them!

  12. Lynne 08.03.2010

    I’m not a big bread person. I like wraps and those new thin buns. They’ve even came out with thin bagles! I enjoy burgers without a lot of toppings – cheese, lettuce, and some ketchup/mayo. I’ll have to try your recipe this weekend.

  13. erica 08.03.2010

    that looks SO good! loving all the cheese!

    your nephew is adorable! he has gorgeous eyes!

  14. Angela 08.03.2010

    Have you ever eaten a Jucy Lucy? A burger with American cheese stuffed inside. They are all the rage in Minneapolis. I would recommend Matt’s Bar for the best Jucy Lucy. They recently beat out the 5-8 Club on Food Wars for the best Jucy Lucy.

  15. Elizabeth MDS 08.03.2010

    What a sweet pumpkin! He’s a good sized boy!!! Long and solid. Future Hawkeye running back, of course. ;-)

    And, those burgers look fantabulous! I’m totally gonna try that recipe out when the spousal unit does his “Fantasy Football” party on the 22nd! And, I’m with you – it’s all about the cheese, baby! ;-)

  16. Ash 08.03.2010

    What kinda of Panini maker do you have? My mom wants one for her birthday and I’m not sure which brand to buy.

  17. kate 08.03.2010

    I love jalapenos and burgers separate so I bet Id love them together! Looks like youve been having a great summer, sorry I havent been peeking in as often. Cant wait to catch up!

  18. Your nephew is adorable – very cute!!

  19. holigamoli they look good!
    your hair is lovely by the way, after our wedding in November i’m going to the hairdressers to get mine lopped off, i might go for something similar to yours of pea mama’s x

  20. *drooooooooling*

    I need to make burger asap.

  21. Beth @ bethcooks 08.04.2010

    I am a purist for the most part, but I do love a little ketchup sometimes. Either thin bun or no bun though….
    This one looks amazing!

  22. No bun, but bring on the toppings!!!!!!

  23. Sami 08.04.2010

    LOVE that green top! where did you find it?! and the burgers are a great idea! i think i’d definitely pop some ff cream cheese under there! :)

  24. Sara 08.04.2010

    Great recipe! I’m pretty simple on my burgers. Ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato = yum!

  25. Julie S. 08.04.2010

    Gotta have somethin’ on my burger! Ketchup & onion at the very least! sometimes mustard & pickle, too (always cheese, of course!)

    I use Veg. Bush’s bb’s when I make baked beans. I actually add 2/3 c. ea. of ketchup & brown sugar & bake @ 325 for 90 min. Best bb ever! Perfect example of a food that gets better w/ ea. reheat.

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  30. Sarah 05.15.2013

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that this burger was amazing!! We made it for dinner tonight, and it blew us away! I added an extra jalapeno because we love all things spicy. Your recipes never fail. THANK YOU!!

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