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Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or tailgating with your besties, your friends can get a plain-old burger anywhere, so why not kick up the flavor? Featuring jalapenos and a special blend of spices, this spicy burger is a real crowd-pleaser.
Next time you're cooking out (or just eating in), try making a burger that's anything but standard. You're friends will swear you cheated with takeout, but you'll know the truth.
Jalapeno-cheddar burgers recipe
3 pounds ground beef or turkey
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1/2 package onion soup mix
1/2 tablespoon steak seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
12 cheddar cheese slices
12 sesame seed buns
6 teaspoons butter
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
12 lettuce leaves
12 large tomato slices
Red onion, cut into rings
In a large bowl, mix beef (or turkey), peppers, onion soup mix, steak seasoning, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Do not overwork the meat.
Form 12 quarter-pound patties, pressing a small indent in the top of each one (this will prevent the patties from "puffing" as you cook them). Cover the patties loosely with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge to rest for 10 to 30 minutes. (If you're cooking outdoors, now's a good time to turn on the grill.)
Butter both insides of each bun.
Grill the patties to the desired temperature.
Place the buns buttered side down on the grill and toast them.
Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger as you remove it from the grill, then place the burger on the bottom bun.
Place the top bun on the plate next to the burger and top with a leaf of lettuce, a slice of tomato and 2 or 3 onion rings. This will prevent the veggies from getting too warm before your guests eat.
Put a half a tablespoon of mayo in a small ramekin to serve on the side.