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Jalapeno Popper Burgers

Jalapeno Poppers are one of my favorite appetizers; so I figured why not make it into one of my favorite burgers!

Ingredients 

Jalapeno Ranch Slaw:

3 large jalapenos, seeded and minced
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup ranch dressing
2 teaspoons Tabasco Green Jalapeno Pepper Sauce
4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

Patties

2 pounds ground chuck
2 large jalapenos, minced
2 tablespoons Tabasco Green Jalapeno Pepper Sauce
1/4 cup minced white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Jalapeno-Sausage Cheese Topping
1 package (8oz.) cream cheese
1 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
2 large jalapenos, seeded and minced
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/3 pound hot Italian sausage

Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 high quality cornmeal-dusted hamburger buns, split

Instructions 

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make the slaw, place jalapenos, green onions, ranch dressing, and pepper sauce in a small bowl and mix until ingredients are well combined. Transfer to large bowl, add cabbage and toss together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until assembly of burgers.

To make patties, combine chuck, jalapenos, pepper sauce, onion, garlic, salt and black pepper in a large bowl, handling the meat as little as possible. Form into 6 patties, loosely cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.

To make cheese topping, place cream cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, jalapenos and green onions in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are well combined.

Heat a large, heavy, nonstick, fire-proof skillet on the grill. Add sausage and cook until brown. Drain on paper towel to remove excess grease.

Place cheese mixture and sausage in a medium bowl and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.

Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 4 to 5 minutes on each side for medium. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, place equal portions of the cheese mixture on each of the patties. During the last two minutes of cooking, place the buns, cut sides down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers, place equal portions of the slaw on each bun bottom and top with patty. Add bun tops and enjoy!

Makes 6 burgers

Dahn Lyttle, Boise, ID