Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jalapeno Popper Burgers

this recipe is an ode to cream cheese. i could eat it on/with everything. it is that good. when i saw Rachael Ray make this on her show, i knew i had to try it. my husband loves anything spicy & i love anything cream cheese so this was perfect for us. i did tweak her recipe a tiny bit, to meet our tastes/preferences. but, i've made it 3 times now & it has turned out great every time!


1 lb ground beef
1 jalapeno pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
slices of cheddar cheese
8 oz block cream cheese, softened
fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp grated yellow onion
garlic powder/garlic salt

divide the ground beef into 4 equal size burgers
place skillet over med/high heat
drizzle EVOO in the skillet
begin cooking burgers

as burgers are cooking, begin working on the cream cheese mixture.
combine softened cream cheese with onion, garlic salt, pepper, cumin & cilantro

mix well & set aside
believe me, this is yummy just by itself!

slice jalapenos. very carefully.
to reduce the heat of the pepper, remove the seeds.
the more the seeds, the hotter the pepper!
i usually leave a couple seeds on mine b/c i like it with a kick!

toss the jalapeno slices in with burgers.
allow them to char or blacken the edges a bit
this just gives it a yummier taste!

the last couple minutes of the burgers cooking, top each one with a hearty spoonful of the cream cheese mixture. just enough to cover the tops.

then place a 1/2 slice of cheddar cheese on top of the cream cheese mixture.

top the cheddar cheese with a couple slices of jalapenos.
allow it to sit just long enough for the cheeses to begin to melt!

how yumm do these look?!
(these are my first batch, i actually made sliders. but i prefer them as regular sized burgers)

place the burgers on buns & voila, yummy cream cheese spicy burger goodness!!

can't wait to make these again! they are so good!!

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