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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.

Karen Rankin
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


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30 mins
30 mins


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  • 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; protein 32.8g; carbohydrates 28.6g; dietary fiber 3.4g; sugars 8.6g; fat 23.5g; saturated fat 11.3g; cholesterol 91.3mg; vitamin a iu 488.4IU; vitamin c 4.8mg; folate 26.2mcg; calcium 245.5mg; iron 3.7mg; magnesium 63.7mg; potassium 589.9mg; sodium 749mg; added sugar 3g.