Jalapeno Stuffed Cheeseburgers

I LOVE Hamburgers – cheeseburgers especially. These Jalapeno Stuffed Cheeseburgers will turn up your summer grilling menu up a notch. Think jalapeno popper meets juicy hamburger! Stuffing a cheeseburger with the flavors of jalapeno poppers is nothing short of amazing.

An overhead shot of hamburgers stuffed with jalapenos and cheese

One of my favorite burgers of all time started out as a Jalapeño Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaf!!  The flavor of the jalapeños with the cheese and BBQ sauce is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Finally, I’ve gone and put it all together on the grill with these Stuffed Jalapeño Cheeseburgers!

An image of jalapeno-cheese stuffed cheeseburgers glazed with BBQ sauce

the Best Meat to Use for Hamburgers

To make the juiciest, most flavorful burgers, choose ground beef that is 70 percent lean and 30 percent fat. To make more healthful burgers—but ones that are still pretty juicy and tasty—choose ground beef that is 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat. Using meat leaner than 80% will result in very dry burgers. It is the fat that adds flavor and juiciness to the burger.

the best Cheese for Jalapeno Stuffed Cheeseburgers

The best cheese to top a burger will hands-down ALWAYS be whatever cheese you like the best! There are, however, some cheeses that are better for melting and stuffing inside a burger.  I love sharp cheddar cheese together with cream cheese to lend some creaminess when melted.  Of course, Colby, Monterray, habanero, or jalapeno Jack also work great in this filling, too.

Forming the Burger Patties

I form the patties by hand but you could also use a stuffed burger press that helps make perfectly uniform stuffed burgers. You will:

  1. Start by dividing the meat into eight 3-oz portions.
  2. Divide the Jalapeno cheese stuffing amongst the center of four of the patties.
  3. Top the cheese layer with the other meat patty.
  4. Crimp the edges tightly to seal the edge. This keeps the cheese filling from oozing out during cooking.
The inside shot of a stuffed cheeseburger cut in half with cheese oozing out.

Ingredients for Jalapeno Stuffed Cheeseburgers

  • 80% lean ground beef
  • Salt & Ground Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded cheese [See Note 1]
  • Diced Jalapeno pepper
  • BBQ sauce for basting, optional
  • Bacon, optional

Recommended Tools

  • Outdoor gas or charcoal grill
  • Spatula

How To Grill Hamburgers

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place patties on the grill and cook using the recommended grill times below.
  3. If using BBQ sauce glaze, add during the last two minutes of cooking.

How long to grill burgers

These grill times (per side) below will ensure you have your perfect burger.

  • Medium rare – 3-5 minutes (per side).
  • Medium – 5-6 minutes (per side).
  • Well done – 6-7 minutes (per side).

Serving Suggestions

Some of my favorite side dishes to serve with burgers are coleslaw and, of course, air fryer French fries. But Baked Beans are always a crowd favorite as well.

I love the flavor of jalapeños with cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. Finally, I've gone and put it all together on the grill with these Stuffed Jalapeño Cheeseburgers!

Stuffed Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
I love the flavor of jalapeños with cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. Finally, I’ve gone and put it all together on the grill with these Stuffed Jalapeño Cheeseburgers!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 24 oz ( 1-1/2 lbs) lean ground beef
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese [See Note 1]
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper , seeded and diced [See Note 2]
  • BBQ sauce for basting , optional
  • 8 slices Bacon cooked, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, cheese, garlic powder and diced jalapenos. If using bacon, you can crumble that up and add it here into the jalapeno-cheese stuffing OR leave it whole and pot on top of the burger.
  • Shape ground beef into eight 3-oz. portions on waxed paper. A kitchen scale comes in handy for this.
  • Press each portion into a 4-inch patty using the back of a table fork. Take 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture and place it into the middle of a patty. Repeat with three more patties. Then, with the back of the fork, press the mixture flat into a disc in the center of the patty. Repeat with the other 3 patties.
  • Cover each filled patty with one of the remaining patties. With a fork, crimp the edges of the patties to trap all that melty goodness inside the burgers.
  • Season the outsides of the patties with salt and ground pepper to taste and then head to the grill.
  • Grill burgers over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until cooked to your desired temperature. [See Note 3]

Notes

  1. This also tastes great with colby, Monterray, or jalapeno Jack.
  2. For more heat, try a serrano pepper in place of the jalapeno pepper.
  3. These grill times (per side) below will ensure you have your perfect burger.
    • Medium rare – 3-5 minutes (per side).
    • Medium – 5-6 minutes (per side).
    • Well done – 6-7 minutes (per side).

Nutrition

Serving: 1pattyCalories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 41gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 246mgPotassium: 622mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 370IUVitamin C: 4mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 2µgCalcium: 131mgFolate: 13µgIron: 4mgZinc: 9mg
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4 thoughts on “Jalapeno Stuffed Cheeseburgers”

  1. Woooow…..Homemade!!! It’s the only thing that taste good! And so easy to do…

    I think I will look for these and try your recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Made these tonight! SO delicious and easy!! And I did use that cool stuffed burger press – got it on Amazon for $10! This recipe is a keeper! Everyone loved the burgers, topped them with more cheese, tomato, BBQ sauce, and grilled red & white onions. Thank you!!

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