Photo: Aaron Kirk; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Robin Bashinsky 
Active Time
45 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

How do you make jalapeño poppers even better? By surrounding them with beef. These jalapeño popper stuffed burgers have tons of cheddar flavor and just the right amount of spice to take things to the edge. Smaller jalapeños work better here, especially since they have a good heat level. Make things fancy with an onion roll instead of regular hamburger buns. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat broiler to high. Place jalapeños cut side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Coat tops with cooking spray. Broil on middle rack of oven until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly. Coarsely chop. Stir together chopped jalapeños, Cheddar, cream cheese, cayenne, and 1 teaspoon of the salt until smooth.

Step 2

Place beef, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl. Using your hands, combine thoroughly. Divide into 4 (6-ounce) balls. Flatten each ball into a 6-inch circle. Place 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture in center of each burger leaving a 1-inch rim. Carefully fold edges of meat over to cover filling, and seal; flatten into 3/4-inch thick patties. Chill 15 minutes.

Step 3

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Cook burgers to desired degree of doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Step 4

Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on bottom and top halves of buns. Top bottom bun with a patty, tomato slice, onion, and pickled jalapeño, if desired. Top with top halves of buns.

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