Jalapeno Burger with Chipotle Mayonnaise

By Jill Silverman Hough
Here’s a burger for those of you who like it hot, featuring jalapeno, for bright, vernal spice, and chipotle, for smoldering, smoky warmth. Pair it with a cooling beer or lemonade and plenty of napkins.
  • Course: Lunch


  • 80% lean ground beef
  • chipotles
  • ground black pepper
  • hamburger rolls
  • iceberg lettuce
  • jack cheese
  • jalapenos
  • loosely packed cilantro
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • sour cream


  1. Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, and chipotle
  2. Gently shape the beef into four patties about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet or a grill pan over medium heat until hot. Cook the jalapenos, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on all sides and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Cook the patties to desired doneness, about 3 1/2 minutes per side for medium-rare. During the last minute of cooking time, top each patty with a slice of cheese and cover the pan to help melt the cheese.
  4. Set the patties aside to rest. Meanwhile, place the buns cut side down in the skillet or grill pan to slightly toast them, about 1 minute. Thinly slice the jalapenos.
  5. Place the bun bottoms on plates or a platter. Top with the lettuce, cilantro, patties, jalapeno, chipotle mixture, and bun tops and serve.