Burger lovers, prepare your taste buds for an explosion of flavors with our sizzling recipe for Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Pork Burgers. This delicious creation combines the juiciness of a pork patty with the zesty heat of jalapeño poppers, resulting in a mouthwatering culinary adventure that will leave you craving for more. Let's dive into the ingredients, steps, and tips to create this fiery twist on the classic burger.
Summertime is all about the grill and the garden. The fresh jalapeños make this burger come to life. If you love bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers you are going to want to try these poppers.
Jalapeño Popper Burger Ingredients
To embark on this mouthwatering journey, gather the following ingredients:
- ground pork - If you are making pork burgers, then ground pork is necessary. Not sausage or breakfast sausage. Love beef burgers, then use ground beef or hamburger for jalapeño popper stuffed burger.
- egg - a normal large egg is all you need.
- pork burger seasoning - I have perfected the pork seasoning salt and recommend using that in these pork burgers. If you don't want to make your own seasoning, a seasoned salt like Lawry's will work too.
- parmesan cheese
- jalapeño peppers
- cream cheese
- jalapeno popper seasoning
- cheese - Whether it cheddar cheese, pepperjack cheese, or even a queso cheese. I found a spicy Mexican cheese I used on these pork burgers.
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pork Burgers
First things first, fire up the grill so you can put these burgers on the grill to medium-high heat. Next, start making the burger patties.
In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, pork salt or seasoning salt, and pepper. Mix well until seasoning is evenly distributed.
Next, add the egg and parmesan cheese to the ground pork mixture. Mix completely together incorporating the egg and cheese completely.
Press into patties 8 thin patties. Next, layer in the cream cheese, sliced jalapeno pieces, and bacon. Then top with another thin pork burger pattie.
Seal the edges and season with jalapeno popper seasoning. Place the pork burgers onto grill at 350 fahrenheit, not in completely direct heat.
These pork burgers will be somewhat fragile with the fillings inside the burgers. Avoid smashing the burgers down. Let the pork burgers cook for 5-7 minutes before flipping. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes. Top with cheese before pulling off the grill.
Garnish the burgers with more bacon crumbles and jalapeno slices. Serve on your favorite hamburger buns or sourdough bread.
Hint: If cream cheese has oozed out of the grill, let the grill run for 4-5 minutes to burn off any remnants, then clean it. I like to use this bristle-free barbecue brush for cleaning the grill.
Have a specific diet plan you are trying to stay on track with, here are several ideas to help you.
- Low-Carb - instead of a bun use leaf lettuce or low-carb tortillas to make this a low-carb burger recipe
- Gluten-Free - the burger patties are gluten free already, but if you use gluten-free buns instead of white bread buns to make this pork burger gluten free.
Even if you don't have diet restrictions, some of these substitutions may be yummy ideas.
Pork Burger Variations
Listen, I get it, not everyone loves the heat of the jalapeno. So if you want to make these burgers but need ideas for different ways to make pork burgers, here are some great ideas.
- Bacon Ranch Pork Burger - omit the jalapenos but add green onions and mix some ranch seasoning into the cream cheese for the bacon ranch pork burgers version.
- Deluxe - add guacamole plus lettuce, tomato, and pickles to the burger for a loaded deluxe burger.
- Plain Grilled Pork Burgers - These pork burgers all by themselves are super delicious too. Don't over think the pork burgers. I love even making them in the air fryer.
See this teriyaki pork burger with grilled pineapple recipe on my website!
Burger Making Equipment
From grilling tools to grilling seasonings, check out all of my grilling tool recommendations for the best grilling results.
Keeping Leftover Pork Burgers
Store the leftover burger patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat the burgers in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes.
Freezing stuffed booked burgers is not recommended. The cream cheese may get watery when you thaw the patties back out.
Top Tip for Making Stuffed Burgers
While you will be drawn to SMASH these burgers. DO NOT SMASH the stuffed burgers. The insides will shoot out. However, don't overcook the burgers either! Sear the outside and cook to a minimum internal temperature, but they should still be juicy for best results.
If you cannot find ground pork, ground beef can absolutely be substituted. Ground chicke and ground turkey are also great options.
Pork Burger Recipes
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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pork Burgers
Jalapeno Popper Meatballs
- 2 pounds ground pork
- 2 teaspoons pork seasoning or seasoned salt
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 2 Jalapenos sliced
- ½ pound bacon fried and broken in pieces
- 1 egg
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Jalapeno Popper Seasoning
- 1 cup pepperjack cheese
- Preheat the grill to medium high heat of between 350℉ and 400℉.
- Combine the ground pork, seasoned salt, parmesan and grated parmesan cheese. Mix completely.
- Form eight thin patties slightly larger than bun size. Then layer a small one ounce block of cream cheese, two jalapeno slices and a few bacon pieces.
- Place a second thin pattie on top of the thin patty and seal the edges. Season with Jalapeno Popper Seasoning.
- Place on the grill not directly over flame but doesn't have to be in direct heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes and then flip the burgers. Cook another 5 minutes and add cheese to the top before removing from the grill to melt the cheese.
- Garnish with more bacon pieces and jalapeno poppers. Serve on your favorite hamburger buns.
Keep these food safety tips in mind when making the pork burgers.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended