Get poppin'.

By Margaret Eby
June 27, 2019
Photo: Aaron Kirk; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Robin Bashinsky 

It's been grilling season since May, so perhaps you're at an impasses. Burgers are great and all, but after a while they can feel kind of monotonous. Burgers and hot dogs, OK, we get it. With the great American grilling holiday of July 4th swiftly approaching, what are you going to do about your burger game?

One way to veer off the usual burger course is to sonsider doing a stuffed hamburger. Rather than adding a ton of toppings to your burger, you can put the flavors you want directly into the center of the patty and cook them. Each patty could contain a molten core of goat cheese, or a surprise bite of grilled onion. Or you could go really wild and combine your burger with another beloved bar snack to make Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Burgers.

This sounds like just smashing two orders together in a haphazard, maybe delicious but probably catastrophic mess. But there's a method to the madness. First, we're not talking about inserting an entire pre-fried popper in your burger. Instead, you mix together the essential components of the innards of a popper, including cheese, jalapeño, garlic powder, and onion powder. The mixture makes a kind of super-thick dip, which you just spoon into the patty and seal inside. You're making a dumpling, but the wrapper is meat and the insides are jalapeño popper. 

What you'll get is a burger with spicy, cheesy, melty innards, a mix-up on the classic that goes really well with pickled jalapenos and fries, or just a big green salad. You're definitely not going to be bored. 

Get the recipe for Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Burgers.

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