Spicy Jalapeno Cheeseburger

Fire up your grill and get ready to make this spicy jalapeno cheeseburger that is flavored with fresh ingredients. It’s a lean, juicy burger that you will want to make all summer long.

This post is part of an awesome grill giveaway hosted by girl carnivore.  This spicy jalapeno  burger is my own creation and as usual,  all opinions are my own

Spicy Jalapeno Burger on a plate with tomatoes

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Grilling season is upon us and one of my favorite things to grill is burgers. There are so many creative ways to make burgers  with different types of seasonings, toppings, meats and non-meat.

I’m exicted to be participating in #burgermonth for the first time with one of my new spicy burger creation. I think you are going to love this jalapeno burger. It’s tender, juicy and cooked to perfection.

overhead view of burger in roll with taco sauce and cheese on the side

The Ingredients

Good quality beef is a must when you make hamburgers. I like to use grass fed lean ground chuck or sirloin. If you don’t have access to grass-fed, regular ground round or sirloin will work in this recipe too.

To flavor this burger, I add some shredded onion, diced up a jalapeno pepper and added a little bit of taco sauce. In addition to flavor, the onions, peppers  and sauce add moisture to the burgers.

Here is what you will need to make Spicy Jalapeno Cheeseburgers

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Onion
  • Taco Sauce (Red Duck Taco Sauce is my recommendation)
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cheese (I like Cabot Firey Jack Cheese on this burger)
  • Cherry or  plum tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado

a close up of the burger on a roll

Recipe Steps 

Please note that this a list of steps to give you an idea how to make this recipe. Full details are in the recipe card below. 

  1. Make the tomato salsa topping: chop and mix together the tomatoes, garlic, onions and cilantro
  2. Dice the jalapeno pepper – be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from the heat of the jalapeno pepper
  3. Shred the onion – I use a hand grater for this like this stainless steel coarse grater.
  4. Place the ground beef into a bowl
  5. Add the jalapeno, shredded onion and sauce and gently combine
  6. Form the meat into four patties
  7. Grill the burgers for 10 to 15 minutes
  8. Top the burgers with cheese cover the grill until it melts
  9. Serve the burgers with the diced tomato topping and slices of avocado

Total Estimated Time to Make this Recipe 20 to 30 minutes

If you are looking for more easy and delicious ground beef recipes, check out these Grass Fed Ground Beef Recipes!

Tips And Variations For Making Spicy Jalapeno Cheeseburgers


Don’t’over mix the beef.  This will cause the meat to become rubbery. Gently combine the ingredients and form it into patties.

Don’t Press the burgers down when cooking them. As tempting as it may be, flip them once and let them cook. When you press down on the burgers, all of the flavorful juices escape and can cause flare ups on the grill.

Use a meat thermometer.  For a perfectly cooked burger, use a meat thermometer to achieve the right degree of doneness.

  • Medium rare 125-130
  • Medium 135 – 140
  • Medium Well 145 to 160


  • Just about any type of ground meat will work in this recipe, try substituting the ground beef with chicken, pork or bison.
  • For less spice, leave the jalapenos out, or substitute them with 1 tablespoon chopped poblano peppers
  • For a low-carb version, serve this burger in a bowl on top of shredded lettuce.

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spicy jalapeno burger on a plate with half of a roll
a close up of the burger on a roll

Spicy Jalapeno Cheeseburger

Spicy jalapeno cheeseburger is flavored with fresh ingredients. It's a lean, juicy burger that you will want to make all summer long.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Click on serving size to scale this recipe

Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno burger, spicy jalapeno burger
Calories: 454kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons of taco sauce plus more to spread on your cooked burger
  • sea salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • pepper 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 of an avocado


  • Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Make the tomato salsa topping: chop and mix together the tomatoes, garlic, onions and cilantro.
  • Dice the jalapeno pepper and shred the onion using a hand grater and add them both to a bowl.
  • Add the ground beef and the taco sauce to the onions and peppers in the bowl and mix everything together.
  • Form the meat into four patties and grill the burgers for 5 to 8 minutes on one side, flip them and add the cheese and cook 5 minutes or longer until they reach the desired temperature.
  • Top the burgers with the salsa and lettuce and serve.


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 543mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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  1. YUMMMM! I could eat that salsa topping with a spoon. I love the sound of the jalapeño burger, I bet my husband is going to go crazy for it!

  2. The cheeseburgers are perfect for summer! Love the addition of jalapenos and taco sauce – who doesn’t love an extra kick of Mexican flavor?

  3. Wow this burger looks fantastic. Love the flavors and fresh ingredients you used i this recipe. I will definitely make this for my family.

  4. You’ve got several brands listed there that I’ve never heard of before — the fiery jack cheese and the taco sauce. These ingredients I’m adding to my grocery list to see if I can’t locate them. The spicy jalapeño cheeseburger looks so good. I’d love this for lunch or dinner. Heck! I’d even take it for breakfast.

  5. I’m obsessed with Cabot cheese! Sadly my local grocery only sells the 2 sharp cheddar varieties 🙁 This burger looks fabulous, and you sold me with the sicy jalapeno. Loving the combination of flavors in it

  6. I’m not a big fan of jalapenos (they’re just a little too spicy for my taste) but this looks PERFECT for my husband. He’s ALL about burgers and jalapenos, so this would be a clear winner for him. Can’t wait to send it to him. 🙂

  7. You’ve crushed it with this spicy jalapeno burger! I love my burgers spicy and no bland and that taco sauce would be delicious with it! Thanks for posting this recipe!