Fun fact, I’ve never ever made a stuffed burger…until now. I’m officially obsessed because making my Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers was not only fun but they were out of this world delicious. These burgers are juicy, decadent, and a flavor explosion. I can’t wait to make them again!
I love the inspiration that comes when I’m perusing the ads for Lee’s Marketplace for my weekly sponsored recipe. This week, two things jumped out at me: ground beef is on sale and the words “spring BBQ.” I realized I didn’t have a burger recipe on my blog and this was the perfect opportunity to make one. I love the flavors of jalapeno poppers…cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, bacon and BBQ sauce. I thought of stuffing those flavors into a burger then the recipe came to life.
I’ll also say that this was hands down, the messiest food photo shoot I have ever done! Buns were slipping off, the tomato kept slipping out of the back, the filling was oozing, and I only had a few minutes to get the shots I wanted because a storm blew in and I was losing light fast. My husband could only stand back and helplessly laugh! Ha!
How to Make Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers
Let’s start with the very simple cast of characters: BBQ seasoning, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, bacon, cream cheese and ground beef. Salt and pepper are used too but not pictured. Six main ingredients is all it takes to create these juicy decadent burgers!
I LOVE this seasoning! Yes I will buy just about any food item that I see with the word “Texas” on it because I miss home so much. However, this time it paid off because this tastes just like a powdered version of a bold, smoky BBQ sauce. Since I always brush my jalapeno poppers with BBQ sauce, this was the perfect alternative to keep that flavor in the burgers.
Messy picture but I wanted to show y’all the jalapeno popper mixture. Just mix softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar, fresh chopped jalapenos, crispy bacon, and some BBQ seasoning together. So simple!
Next, take 1/3 pound of ground beef and split it into two equal, thin patties. Then add about 2-3 tablespoons filling onto one of the patties.
Place the other half of the patty on top and press edges to seal tightly.
Grilling and Assembling
Next, fire up your grill or smoker and add the burgers. We have a Traeger smoker so we turn on the smoke and crank it up to high when we grill our burgers. Works great and we love the smoky flavor! You can also grill these on a gas or charcoal grill. Just make sure to use an internal thermometer so that you don’t overcook them. I know it’s not the “chefy” thing to do but we like ours with no pink so we cook to an internal temperature of about 155.
We like to add extra BBQ sauce flavor to our burgers so I made a quick mixture of mayo and BBQ sauce for our burgers. This is optional but it’s a great addition!
These burgers are BIG y’all! I can’t tell you how excited I was to cut into this beautiful burger!
When I cut into my burger, all of this amazing, melty, perfection was waiting for me. Oh my goodness I can’t even hardly describe how incredible these burgers are! You might need four or five napkins but they are worth the mess! Also, the jalapeno flavor was mild so don’t be scared of it. Make these ASAP for your next spring BBQ or an easy weeknight meal. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Sponsored post for Lee’s Marketplace. Items on sale the week of April 6-12: ground beef, bacon, hamburger buns
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers
- 2 lbs 85% lean ground beef
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4-5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Texas BBQ seasoning
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Hamburger buns
- BBQ sauce
- Sliced tomatoes
- Sliced red onion
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, and BBQ seasoning. Mix well and set aside.
- Preheat grill or smoker to high heat.
- Portion 1/3 pound of ground beef then divide that into two equal, thin patties. Make sure circumference is the same. Add 2-3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture to one patty. Top with another patty and seal edges well. Set aside on wax paper and make five more burgers.
- Place burgers on grill and cook until one side is brown and seared (time depends on the type of grill used). Flip and continue cooking until desired internal temperature is reached. (145 degrees for medium rare, 155 for medium, 160 for medium well)
- Serve on buns with toppings of choice.