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A jalapeno cheddar burger topped with pepperjack cheese, avocado, jalapenos, and onions.

The Best Jalapeño Burgers with Cheddar

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  • Author: Mollie
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x


These jalapeño burgers with cheddar have the perfect level of heat and are filled with gooey, cheesy goodness. We grill them to perfection and top them with our favorite burger toppings for the perfect summer meal.



1 pound 80% lean ground beef

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup pickled jalapeños, diced

1 egg

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon milk (use whatever you normally buy)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

6 hamburger buns (optional)


  1. Mix cheese, pickled jalapeños, egg, panko breadcrumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings in a large bowl. Then add the ground beef and lightly mix until everything is combined. Do not overwork the beef. 
  2. Divide the ground beef mixture into six even wedges (I cut it like a pizza). Then roll each wedge into a ball and smash it into a burger shape. The burgers should be slightly bigger than your buns. Place your thumb into the center of each burger to create an indentation. This prevents them from puffing up and shrinking when cooked. 
  3. Heat your grill to 450°F. Place your burgers directly on the grill and cook for 5 minutes. Then flip the patties and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes, or until cooked to your preferred temperature (150°F for medium well). If you want to add cheese to the top of your burgers, do it in the last couple minutes of cooking. You can also toast your buns during that time.  


If you don't have a grill, heat a pan or grill pan over medium-high heat and cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side. 

See topping recommendations above. 

Nutritional information is only an estimate and includes the bun with no toppings. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 451
  • Sugar: 4.9 g
  • Sodium: 447.6 mg
  • Fat: 24.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.5 g
  • Protein: 19.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 103.9 mg