This is one of my very favorite recipes, not only because it’s super tasty but also because it’s so stinkin’ easy to make! I love the combination of the beef and jalapeño flavors. I’ve used both ground beef and ground bison and while both are great, I think the bison was the winner. It’s a good bit more expensive than beef though, so would be a good weekend splurge; especially if you can catch it on sale! To start, grab a jalapeño and cut about 3/4 – 1 whole jalapeño into slices, then dice into small pieces and place on a plate or other flat surface.
Next, roll the ground beef into patties with your hands. If you have 1 pound of meat, you’ll likely end up with three, 5-6 oz burger patties. Grab a handful of diced jalapeños (about 2 teaspoons) and mash into the patty with your fingers. Then fold the edges of the burger over the jalapeños and form back into patty shape.
You can either grill the burgers, or just brown them in a frying pan and then cook them in the oven. I typically do the latter. You’ll just preheat your oven to 375 degrees, heat a pan on the stove over medium heat, spray with non-stick cooking spray and plop your burgers in. It should only take a couple minutes on each side to get them nicely browned, then you can stick the pan in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
You can top the burgers with a dash of salt and pepper and a sprinkle of paprika, if you like. I just eyeball whether they appear to be done and then I always just cut into one to be sure. I like there to still be a bit of a pink center so they don’t get too dry once they’re ready to eat. Pair with your favorite side dish, maybe some guacamole, and enjoy!
- 1 pound 90% lean ground beef or bison
- 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
- Salt, pepper, paprika to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
- Roll beef into 3 evenly sized burger patties and flatten slightly
- Mash approximately 2 teaspoons of diced jalapeño into each burger patty
- Fold edges of burger over jalapeño and reform into patty
- Sprinkle tops with salt, pepper and paprika if desired
- Brown in pan for about 2-3 minutes on each side
- Put pan in oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes. (I like to cut into one to check for doneness after about 15 minutes)