Cheesy Jalapeño Pepper–Stuffed Burgers
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Recipe and photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff,

Cheesy Jalapeño Pepper–Stuffed Burgers

"Cheesy Jalapeño Pepper–Stuffed Burgers are sure to get your mouth watering. A jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese in a burger and grilled to perfection then smothered with a spicy cheese sauce."

Total recipe time: 30 minutes Makes: 4 servings


1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup prepared thick-and-chunky salsa

4 frozen cream cheese or cheddar cheese–stuffed jalapeño peppers

1/4 cup prepared salsa con queso

1/4 cup chopped fresh plum tomato

2 tablespoons sliced pitted ripe olives

Prepared thick-and-chunky salsa

Combine ground beef and 1/4 cup salsa in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four thin patties. Place one stuffed pepper in center of each patty; wrap beef around pepper to enclose, sealing seams and forming ball. Flatten balls into patties about 4 to 5 inches across and 1 inch thick.

Place patties on grill grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 15 to 16 minutes, turning occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F.

Spread 1 tablespoon salsa con queso evenly over top of each burger. Sprinkle evenly with tomato 
and olives. Serve with salsa, as desired.

Note: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.