This jalapeño cheddar burger is scrumptious. I mixed in fresh jalapeno with onion, cilantro and worcestershire sauce. Grilled and topped with cheddar!

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It’s no secret that I love burgers. I have 11 burger recipes total on my blog already! I also live for playing with flavors and toppings to create a not-so-traditional burger. This time it was spicy jalapeno peppers meets melty sharp cheddar cheese meets charred corn mayo. A scrumptious combo if you ask me.

I tested this recipe once a few weeks prior and well, two things were off. To start I first charred and blistered the jalapeno, painstakingly removed the skin and seeds before dicing and adding them to the ground beef. It was quite a process and when I finally mixed all the ingredients together, the patty texture was off because I overworked meat, which ended up resembling those sort of patties you might buy pre-made (you know the ones *shudder*). Needless to say we weren’t digging the final outcome and I couldn’t have a so-so burger for #BurgerWeek. SO I tried a different more simple approach and wouldn’t you know it, it worked. I skipped the whole roasting the jalapeno part and tried mixing with a fork, which really works and keeps you from over-mixing… hooray!

Grilled to perfection, these spicy jalapeno and cheddar burgers were moist and perfect, a thumbs way up in the McNamara household. OH!!! And that grilled corn mayo? Seriously guys, I can only admit this to you… but I could {did?} eat it with a spoon!


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Grill three ears of corn. You can do this directly on the grates over low heat. Once you notice the corn is a beautiful bright yellow, go on and crank the heat up to medium-high, turning them as they char.

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Set them off to the side to allow them to cool.

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Meanwhile, roughly chop up a couple small cloves of garlic.

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Add it right into a small food processor along with a half cup of mayonnaise. Homemade mayo or store-bought is up to you.

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Once cool, use a sharp knife and slice off the corn kernels.

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Depending on the size of your ears of corn, it should yield about 2-3 cups of kernels.

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Throw the kernels into the processor…

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Season with kosher salt and black pepper…

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I like mine chunky, but you can pulse until you’ve reached a desired consistency. There is NO wrong way to do this.

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Throw the corn mayo into a bowl, cover and chill until you’re ready to build the burgers.

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First, we need to discus how to handle jalapenos. It’s extremely helpful to wear gloves while prepping fresh jalapenos. I usually wash my hands 18 times because I’m usually juggling a camera while cooking, so washing in between shots is normal for me. But otherwise if you don’t… the juice {if you will} of the pepper will literally create a burning sensation wherever it’s came into contact with your skin and it only goes away with time. So save yourself from the searing pain and don a pair gloves before you trim, half and quarter the two small jalapenos.

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Depending on how spicy you want these burgers to be, either leave in some seeds and ribs for some heat… or remove all for little to no spice. You have all the control here.

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Dice up half of a medium yellow onion…

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This should be about half a cup.

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Grab a handful of fresh cilantro…

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This turns out to be a couple of tablespoons when minced.

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In a large bowl, break up about two pounds of ground chuck with your hands.

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Next, add in the finely diced onion…

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… finely diced jalapenos…

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…cilantro…

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… pour in two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce…

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…season with 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper…

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… lastly, season with 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder {not salt!}.

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Use a fork to gently stir all of those ingredients into the meat.

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Divide the meat mixture into six equal portions.

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Form into patties. And YES I do make the divot in the center… it really helps to keep the burgers flat and not domed in the center. {Thanks Rachel Ray!}

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This is how I like to grill my burgers: I always preheat my grill to high. Once hot, reduce the temperature to medium/medium-high. My temperature gauge has been broken for forever now, so sadly I don’t have precise degrees for you. Then I just lay the burger patties onto the grill grates and cover.

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I flip after about 5-6 minutes and cook for another 5-6 minutes. I like my burgers well done, but you can adjust the time to your preference of course! Top with slices of sharp cheddar cheese and close the lid to your grill until melted and dripping down the sides. Oh HECK yes!

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Toppings are simple; lettuce, onion, tomato and that killer corn mayo I made earlier.

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I’m using regular sesame seed buns and toasted them before grilling the burgers. Top with lettuce…

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…and a spoonful of the corn mayo. I prefer to place this under the burgers… it’s less messy. You could even spread it below the lettuce (obviously).

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Then I just topped my jalapeño cheddar burger with thin slices of tomatoes and red onion. Bacon would be nice too. Bacon on anything is always… nice.

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I literally inhaled this jalapeño cheddar burger in 2.57 seconds. I had corn mayo dripping down my hands and tomato seeds stuck to my face… that kind of inhale. So completely un-ladylike, but I’m okay with it.

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The jalapenos and the sharp cheddar together -well, you know, they totally rock. BUT when you add all of these flavors along with the charred corn mayonnaise it’s, it’s insane. (the good kind)

I hope you give this Jalapeño Cheddar Burger a shot! Because they’re SO darn good!

 

Enjoy! And if you give this Jalapeño Cheddar Burger recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Jalapeño Cheddar Burger with Charred Corn Mayo
Yield: 6 burgers

Jalapeño Cheddar Burger with Charred Corn Mayo

Spicy jalapeños + sharp cheddar cheese and charred sweet corn mayo = burger perfection!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 13 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

FOR THE CORN MAYO:

  • 3 ears of sweet corn, grilled until slightly charred and kernels removed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise [homemade or store bought]
  • 2 small cloves fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE BURGERS:

  • 2 pounds (80/20) ground chuck
  • 2 small jalapeños, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices of sharp cheddar cheese

FOR SERVING:

  • 6 toasted hamburger buns
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced red onion

Instructions

FOR THE MAYO:

  1. In the bowl of a small food processor; add the mayo, corn kernels, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse a few times until combined. The mayo should be chunky still with a few kernels of corn. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

FOR THE BURGERS:

  1. In a large bowl break up the two pounds of ground chuck. Add the onions, jalapeno, cilantro, Worcestershire, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Use a fork to gently combine the ingredients.
  2. Divide the meat into six portions and form into patties, making a shallow divot in the center of each.
  3. Preheat grill to high. Once hot, reduce the temperature to medium/medium-high and place the burgers onto the grills grate. Cover and grill for 5-6 minutes. Flip the burgers and place the cheddar on top of each burger and grill for 4-6 more minutes or until desired doneness.
  4. Top the toasted buns with the corn mayo, lettuce, burger patties, tomato and red onion and serve.

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