How To Make Spicy Jalapeño Cheeseburgers

A well-flavored beef burger covered with melted cheese can be considered perfection on a bun, but may be missing a little something for those who like a bit of heat at their cookouts. This deliciously spicy cheeseburger gets its kick from finely chopped jalapeño peppers, and when combined with the onion soup mix, steak seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce, you get one flavorful hamburger—especially when it is topped off with cheese.

This cheeseburger recipe calls for American cheese, but you can use other types of cheese as well; sharp cheddar is a good choice, but if you want to kick up the spice even more, place a slice of pepper jack cheese on top. Feel free to adjust the number of jalapeño to suit you and your family’s or guests’ particular palate.

The toppings can be kept simple here as this cheeseburger can stand on its own, but the flavors also work well with a strip of cooked bacon and crispy or caramelized onions on top. And instead of mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup, consider slathering a homemade ranch dressing on the toasted buns.


  • 1 to 2 pickled jalapeño peppers, finely chopped, plus extra for topping if desired
  • 1/2 package dried onion soup mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 6 slices American cheese, or cheese of choice
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Condiments, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, optional
  • Toppings of your choice, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix the jalapenos, soup mix, steak seasoning, salt, and Worcestershire sauce with the ground beef in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Form the mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Preheat the grill to high heat.

  4. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until the desired level of doneness is achieved. During the last minute of cooking, place 1 slice of cheese on each burger.

  5. Once the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted, remove from the grill and place on the toasted hamburger buns. Top with additional sliced jalapenos, if desired, and condiments and toppings.

  6. Enjoy.

How To Make Spicy Jalapeño Cheeseburgers

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