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Roasted Jalapeño Burgers with Cilantro Lime Sauce and Cheddar Cheese


  • ½ cup real mayo
  • ¼ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper
  • Olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 buns


  1. In a small bowl mix together mayo, sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro. Make this ahead of time and set aside in the refrigerator. I’ve discovered this Cilantro Lime Sauce also makes a delicious salad dressing!
  2. Preheat the broiler. Meanwhile cut tops off of pepper, halve, and remove seeds (or leave them in for more heat). Place pepper halves skin side up on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Broil for about 10 minutes or until skins are charred. Remove from oven, put in a small bowl, and place in the refrigerator to cool. Once cool remove skins, chop, and set aside.
  3. Preheat the grill with medium-high heat for 10 minutes.*
  4. In a small prep bowl mix garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, and salt. Add seasonings and chopped pepper to ground beef and mix well. Divide ground beef mixture into 4 equal parts and shape into patties.
  5. Place patties onto hot grill, cook for 7-9 minutes* on each side. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the burgers reach a safe and savory internal temperature of 160o. Move to the top rack or a cool spot on the gill and place one slice of cheddar cheese on each patty. Remove from grill when cheese begins to melt.
  6. Brush the inside of the buns with olive oil. Place the buns, inside down, on the grill and toast lightly. Assemble by smothering the bottom bun with Cilantro Lime Sauce, followed by the cheese covered burger. Add the top bun and enjoy!


  • *Cooking temperatures and times are based on a gas grill.