Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

My kids are the little geniuses behind this recipe for Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers.

I’m not even sure how the conversation started, but it ended with them begging me to make these burgers as soon as possible.

They are spice lovers just like my husband and I, but these didn’t end up overwhelmingly spicy.

Just the right amount of kick and with a great flavor.

How to make Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

When making four burgers, I like to use a pound and a half of ground beef.

You end up with the perfect size burger in my opinion.

A pound to make four burgers just isn’t big enough for me, especially since they get smaller as they cook.

So we have a pound and a half of ground beef, two jalapenos, and an 8 ounce block pepper jack cheese.

ingredients on cutting board

Mince the jalapenos and leave out the seeds for less spice, or add some seeds if you are going for a spicier burger.

For the cheese, cut half of the block into tiny cubes.

Slice up the other half and set aside to top the burger.

Combine the ground beef, minced jalapeno, and cheese cubes in a bowl along with worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, and pepper.

beef with cheese cubes and minced jalapeno before mixing

I feel like the only way to mix burgers is by hand.

It took about a minute for everything to come together.

Then, using your hand, score across and down the center to roughly divide into fourths.

This will increase your chances of equal sized burgers.

mixed beef divided into 4 equal portions

Form each fourth into burger patties.

I have to say these look gorgeous with the green jalapeno and blocks of pepper jack cheese showing 🙂

patties before cooking

Ready for the Grill

Typically I grill my burgers for 4 to 5 minutes per side over a medium high heat.

Buuuuuuutttt….I just got a brand new Traeger pellet grill, upgraded from my Pro 34 to Ironwood 885.

So I decided to smoke these on the new grill addition.

ready for the grill

If you smoke them, they will take an hour at 250 degrees.

And flip them halfway through.

burgers on the grill before cooking

What better way to break in my brand new grill with all of these cheesy, juicy drippings!

cooked burgers on the grill

Top the burgers with the remaining pepper jack cheese.

You could also add the burger buns to warm and toast them slightly.

adding cheese and buns to grill

Oooey gooey cheesy goodness is what you want to see! YUM!

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

Put the burgers on the buns and add your toppings of choice.

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

We went with mayo mixed with ketchup and hot sauce, adding to the spicy theme of these burgers.

And a little lettuce and pickle.

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers were juicy, delicious, and with just the right amount of spice!

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers


Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

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Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers

Jalapeno Pepper Jack Burgers have bits of minced jalapeno and pepper jack cheese in the burger, it's melty ooey gooey and delicious

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Burger Recipes, Burgers, Easy, Easy Dinner Ideas, Grilling Recipes, Recipe, Spicy, Summer Recipes, TikTok, Traeger Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 289 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 jalapenos seeds removed and minced
  • 1 8 oz block pepper jack cheese
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • Optional: burger buns and toppings of choice like ketchup, lettuce, tomato, etc.


  1. Put the ground beef in a bowl and add the minced jalapeno.

  2. Cut the block of cheese in half, set one half aside and cut the other half into small cubes. Add the cubes to the bowl with the ground beef, worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, and pepper.

  3. Mix the ground beef mixture in the bowl and form into 4 burger patties.

  4. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Grill the burgers 4 to 5 minutes per side. Slice the remaining pepper jack cheese and place them on the burgers during the last minute of grilling.

    Note: Burgers can also be cooked on a smoker set to 250 degrees for 1 hour, flipping halfway through.

  5. Serve the burgers on burger buns if desired and add toppings of choice such as ketchup, lettuce, tomato, etc.

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