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We've taken a simple burger recipe and made it pop with an easy three-ingredient jalapeño cheese topping. Ground sirloin is lean ground beef made exclusively from the center loin cut. It has less connective tissue than regular ground beef for a super-tender burger. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019

Karen Rankin


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Combine cream cheese, shredded cheese and jalapeño in a medium bowl, stirring and mashing with a fork. Divide the mixture into 4 portions and form each into a 3-inch disk. Form sirloin into four patties about 4 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Season with salt.

  • Grill the burgers until almost done, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place a cheese disk on each and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a burger registers 160 degrees F and the cheese starts to melt, 1 to 2 minutes more. During the last few minutes, toast buns on the grill.

  • Top each burger with 1 tablespoon ketchup and serve on the buns.


Tip: These days, more flavored Cheddar cheeses (like jalapeño, chipotle or habanero) are filling up the specialty cheese section. But easy-to-find pepper Jack works great in this recipe too.

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; total fat 23.5g 36% DV; saturated fat 11.3g; cholesterol 91mg 30% DV; sodium 749mg 30% DV; potassium 590mg 17% DV; carbohydrates 28.6g 9% DV; fiber 3.4g 13% DV; sugar 9g; protein 32.8g 66% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 488IU; vitamin c 5mg; folate 26mcg; calcium 246mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 64mg; added sugar 3g.


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